Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the Senate passed, 75-19, the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill:
“The Senate tonight passed a strong, fiscally responsible bill that will fund important priorities neglected by President Bush and Republicans Congresses over the past six years. It will increase by billions of dollars our investments in research for diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer; job training and technical-education programs to make America more competitive in the global economy; special-education and Head Start programs for low-income students; and aid for poor children and families.
“President Bush must join us in restoring this essential funding. While spending billions of dollars in Iraq, President Bush has repeatedly said no to investments in health care, medical research and education. Instead of issuing more irresponsible veto threats, he should take advantage of this opportunity to say yes to America’s real priorities.
“We hope President Bush will be convinced by the large bipartisan majority who voted for this important bill to drop his reckless veto threat, and we hope the Republicans who voted with us will continue to stand up to him if he does not.”