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As many expected, Senate Republicans fell short in their effort to override several of the Governor's line-item vetoes in Senate Bill 850 (the state budget). Thirty-three votes total were needed for override, and only one Democrat, Sen. Lisa Boscola of the Lehigh Valley, joined with all 29 Republicans in the Senate in the veto override effort. Republicans were trying to override the vetoes of line items in the budget which were funded at an "agreed to" level by the administration and Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly. Why Rendell vetoed those line items in the first place points to gamesmanship by the Rendell administration, and yet it was Senate Democrat Leader Bob Mellow of Scranton who had the audacity to accuse Senate Republicans of "playing games." Who do YOU think is playing games, given that Rendell line-item vetoed funding for several programs in the state budget despite such funding being equal to, or in excess of, that which he requested?