President Bush vetoed a bill to limit imports of textiles, clothes and shoes Friday, saying the measure would hurt the economy, lead to increased prices for Americans and violate international trade agreements.
"It would also reverse the tremendous progress we are making to generate a global economic renaissance," Bush said in issuing the 14th veto of his administration. Thus far, Congress has not been able to override a Bush veto, and it appeared this one also would stick.The House gave final approval to the bill on Sept. 19. Backers said the legislation was needed to protect the U.S. textile and shoe industries from growing foreign competition.
The Senate passed the bill with enough votes - 68-32 - to override a veto but the House tally - 271-149 - indicated such an effort would fall short.