You Can't Win 'Em All

Surprise! Congress overrides a Reagan veto

When the ayes and the nays were totted up, it appeared at first to be a devastating defeat for Ronald Reagan. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate voted to override the President's veto last month of a $14.2 billion supplemental spending bill. It marked the first time that Congress had overturned a Reagan veto of an economic measure,* and it did so in impressive numbers: the vote in the House was 301 to 117—22 more than the two-thirds needed for an override; in the Republican-controlled Senate...

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