President George W. Bush on Tuesday issued the sixth veto of his presidency by rejecting a labor, health, and human services bill, but signed defense spending legislation, the White House said.

Bush vetoed the $600 billion labor, health and human services bill because it was about $10 billion more than what Bush had requested, and had more than 2,000 earmarks, or special-interest funds, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino told reporters aboard Air Force One.

We call on Congress to take out the pork and reduce the overall spending levels and return it to the president, she said.