Bob Manhan, assistant legislative director for Veterans of Foreign Wars, agreed.
Even if there is a veto, he
said, 83 percent of senators and 90 percent of House members are co-sponsors of concurrent receipt legislation.
"If the co-sponsors stick to their guns," said Manhan
, "those numbers could override the president's veto."
Some administration officials, surprised themselves by the veto threat, said Bush might be alarmed enough by projected costs of full concurrent receipt -- $58 billion over 10 years – to take heat from disappointed vets.
"This president isn't afraid of defense [controversies] like the last president was," said a White House official who saw opposition to concurrent receipt stiffen after a "statement of administration policy" on the defense bill (S. 2514) was reviewed by "the West Wing" in early June.