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House Fails to Override President’s Veto of Mental Health Services and Research Funding

November 20, 2007

On November 15, the House failed to override the President's veto of FY 2008 Labor-HHS Appropriations bill (HR 3043). The vote was 277-141, just two votes short of the margin needed to override the veto.  This bill includes the budgets for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – with increases for mental illness research and services.

What Happens Next?

Congressional leaders are attempting to engage the President in negotiations to narrow differences in overall domestic discretionary spending. The two sides are now $22 billion apart, in the scope of a trillion-dollar federal budget. Late last week, Congressional leaders offered to split the difference with the President, and limit increases for overall spending for FY 2008 to $10.6 billion. If the two sides fail to come to an agreement, it could result in a yearlong "continuing resolution" that would continue FY 2007 funding levels through October 1st, 2008. Such a result would mean the loss of $37.4 million in funding for mental illness research, as well as other important increases for services and housing programs.

See how your member voted on the motion to override the President's veto of HR 3043.

Click here to view additional background information on the House-Senate agreement on the FY 2008 Labor-HHS spending bill.