WASHINGTON — The House on Friday sent to President Bush a $3.5-billion emergency spending bill for veterans, education, refugee assistance and other programs requiring a cash infusion this year.
The fiscal 1989 supplemental appropriations bill, approved by the Senate on Thursday night, was passed by the House, 318 to 6, two days after the chamber rejected a version that would have sparked a veto fight with the President.
Bush was expected to sign the revised bill, which was stripped of $821 million that House Democrats had earmarked for anti-drug programs. The White House contends that federal agencies already have all the money they can spend this year.
The new version adds $75 million in anti-drug funds by deferring spending on two other programs.