Voting largely along party lines, the House on Tuesday rejected President Bush's $291 billion defense budget in favor of one Democrats said reflected the lessons learned in the gulf war.

With Republicans invoking the name of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Desert Storm commander, in an unsuccessful bid for support, the House voted 287-127 against the basic defense budget developed last fall and submitted while the war was under way.Five Democrats joined 122 Republicans in backing Bush, who has threatened a veto of the rewritten version developed by the House Armed Services Committee that cuts deeply into the Strategic Defense Initiative missile-defense program and kills off the B-2 Stealth bomber. Thirty-seven Republicans and one Independent joined 249 Democrats in voting against the administration bill.

After a morning of debate on the Bush plan, members turned their attention to several amendments aimed at making allies assume more of the burden for defense costs overseas.