Holding the Line:

President Bush is not backing down from his threat to veto the highway bill if Congress passes a final version that exceeds $258 billion. Asked at his April 21 press briefing if the President would veto the measure if it is for more than that amount, Press Secretary Scott McClellan said, “Yes.” So far, the Senate has passed a version that totals $318 billion, while the version moving through the House is up to $275 billion. There’s good news for taxpayers, however: House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R.-Mo.) told HUMAN EVENTS’ John Gizzi last week he felt confident there were enough votes in the House to sustain the President’s promised veto.