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Pelosi Statement on the President's Veto of Labor HHS Appropriations Bill
Date:11/13/2007

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after President Bush vetoed the Labor HHS Education Appropriations bill this morning. Below is a fact sheet on the Labor HHS bill:

"The President again vetoed a bipartisan and fiscally responsible bill that addresses the priorities of the American people: education for our children, assistance in paying skyrocketing energy costs, veterans' health care, and other urgent health research on cancer and other serious medical problems.

"At the same time, President Bush and his Congressional allies demand hundreds of billions of dollars for the war in Iraq -- none of it paid for.

"Democrats have offered to work cooperatively with the President to address the priorities of our nation; we believe our differences are not so great that compromise cannot be reached. But the President must work with us - finding common ground on behalf of the American people."

RE-INVESTING IN AMERICA'S PRIORITIES:

LABOR-HEALTH-EDUCATION APPROPRIATIONS

Key Points:

* The 110th Congress is working to get spending bills on America's top priorities to the President's desk expeditiously. This bill rejects the President's cuts in health care, education, job training, and home heating assistance, and makes the following critical investments in our future.

-- Ensuring health care for 1.2 million more Americans through community health centers;

-- Issuing nearly 1,400 more life-saving medical research grants than the President, to potentially find cures for cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, with new investments in NIH;

-- Strengthening quality education for our children by training 51,000 more teachers;

-- Giving extra math and reading help for 117,000 more children than the President funded;

-- Increasing the maximum Pell Grant for college to $4,925 - $875 more than President Bush;
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