Congress, Bush clash on education spending

A bill boosting U.S. Education Department discretionary spending 5.5% to $60.7 billion will go to President George W. Bush, who has pledged a veto. The spending increase is 8.3% more than the president requested. U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Calif., said a veto would demonstrate Bush isn't serious about NCLB reauthorization; a statement from the White House's budget office said the bill contained an "irresponsible and excessive level of spending."

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