The day after Congress adopted a budget resolution for FY08, the Republican Study Committee sent a letter to the president pledging support for a presidential veto of fiscal 2008 appropriations bills. The letter says that the resolution "greatly exceeds" (by $23 billion out of $956 billion) Bush's budget request for discretionary funding. OMB Director Rob PortmanRob PortmanOvernight Finance: Senators spar over Wall Street at SEC pick's hearing | New CBO score for ObamaCare bill | Agency signs off on Trump DC hotel lease GOP senators offer bill to require spending cuts with debt-limit hikes Vulnerable Senate Dem: Border tax concerning for agriculture MORE has said twice in two weeks that he would recommend the president veto any appropriations bills that exceed Bush's request.

According to the RSC:

Republican Study Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, said he already has at least 60 signatures on a letter that will be released if and when it gets enough signatures to show that more than one-third of the House would vote to sustain vetoes


By this count, Rep. Hensarling, with a putative 60 (he’s not from the show-me state, I guess) is already 85 votes short of the 145 that are constitutionally required to sustain a presidential veto.