The Army Corps of Engineers works on levee improvements in New Orleans, Louisiana.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Despite President Bush's objections, the Senate voted Thursday to authorize $23 billion in new water projects. Combined with a House vote on Tuesday, it marks the first override of a veto by President Bush.
The vote was 79-14. Approval by two-thirds of the Senate, 67 members, was required for passage.
Bush spiked the measure Friday despite its overwhelming bipartisan support, calling it too costly and complaining that the 900 projects it authorized would overtax the Army Corps of Engineers.
The House of Representatives vote Tuesday was 361-54.