House falls short of overriding Bush veto of spending bill

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The House failed Wednesday to override the president's veto of a $124.2 billion military spending bill. The legislation included some measures affecting nursing homes.

The bill, which the president vetoed late Tuesday, would have delayed for one year the imposition of a federal rule that would reduce Medicaid reimbursements to county and state nursing home providers. The rule is expected to be a part of compromise legislation.

Also attached to the vetoed legislation was a minimum wage hike of $2.10 and a measure to extend the SeniorCare prescription drug program in Wisconsin. It was Bush's second veto of his administration.