Highway Robbery:

The House has dared President Bush to make his first veto by passing a pork-laden $283 billion, six-year highway bill. Bush had asked for just $256 billion, and promised a veto of anything greater.

The House bill, which passed 357 to 65 (garnering more votes than needed for a veto override), includes billions of dollars for non-highway expenditures. These include $4 million for the futile task of graffiti removal in Brooklyn and Queens, $3.5 million for horse trails in Virginia, $5 million for a parking garage in Bozeman, Mont., and $503 million on the “Recreational Trails Program.” “This bill is everything that is wrong with Washington,” said Rep. Sue Myrick (R.-N.C.), chairwoman of the conservative Republican Study Committee.