November 8th, 2007
12:23 PM ET
15 years ago

Senate passes water bill in first override of a Bush veto

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.

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  1. A. Harrison Atlanta, Georgia

    Have we not learned from Katrina.
    And "HELLO!" there is a drought in Georgia causing a water crisis, partly because of an old system that needs to be updated. Who helmed that system you ask "The Army Corps of Engineers".

    Next President please....

    November 8, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. Richard Orlando, FL

    It is about time the parties came together to override one of Bush's senseless vetos. This is great to finally see them voting American interests for a change instead of this administration’s. Now, if they could only get their act together for SCHIP, we will be on the right path. Unfortunately, I noticed some Senate Republicans last week pushed SCHIP through again before their fellow colleagues had a chance to complete the work of a compromised resolution with House Republicans still siding with the president. What were they thinking you might ask? They are trying to have campaign slogan for next year saying Congress cannot get anything passed (no thanks to them I might add). Those Republicans may think Americans are not paying attention. On the contrary, we are staying informed this time and will not let political opportunists take the place of the healthcare needs of our children. That would be as shameless as the ones still siding with Bush.

    November 8, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. proud2bliberal

    Way to go! Bush the uniter!!

    Bushy needs to make them work together on everything if they want something done, otherwise it's last years budget. Sounds good to me..

    By the way, whose paying that $23 billion, "the rich"??

    Posted By RightyTighty : November 8, 2007 12:37 pm

    Good Lord Republicans are thick!!!! Did you read the article??? Bush had his veto overriden...that means that Bush is sad right now because that mean congress won't play nice with him...

    BTW the same people are paying the 23 billion are also paying 1 TRILLION and counting for this ridiculous war..

    November 8, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Olivia - San Antonio - Texas

    I want Bush to explain how we can waste billions on a war and not help our own. Not to mention that we are never going to fix Iraq. The middle east has always been a boiling pot. There are all too far gone. Bush needs to be impeached. He is a liar. The whole
    Bush administration needs to go! Impeach BUSH!

    November 8, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Sophie, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Congress has finally done something!! But what have they really passed? $23 Billion in Water projects? What else is included in this Bill? How many "pet" projects were added? I find it funny that congress complains about spending money on health care and other issues, but they don't mind adding projects for their own political game.

    Posted By John Waldorf MD : November 8, 2007 1:53 pm

    This project is aimed to fix the levee systems in New Orleans along with improving the pump systems that have been blamed for the flooding of the Lower 9th ward. This is not a "pet project" as you called it. It's important to the people of New Orleans and the people who have family members living there.

    November 8, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. trent porter, tx

    bush spends countless amounts on war, but yet refuses to give healthcare to american kids... he spends BILLIONS while our own infrastructure is falling apart.


    November 8, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Jack Bartlett, Tecumseh, MI

    23 billion is a drop in the bucket compared to the money sent down the drain in Iraq. Plus it's doing something positive HERE.

    November 8, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. JC, Topeka, Kansas

    Now that Congress has seen that the world has not come to an end, maybe they can do their job and run the government without Bush and crew getting in the way all the time.

    He a lame duck guys, he is not liked by the very people you are suppose to represent. These days this should infact be the norm, not an occassion to blow the horns and release the balloons.

    Now lets get SChip passed and then get on with matters of budget and get this suff taken care of inspite of Bush and Cheney.

    November 8, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. r schier norwalk,ct

    "i can just imagine the type of greedy people that were absolutely celebrating when he got elected"

    You're absolutely right on with this one Christian. It's right out there to
    watch...the "have and have mores" snippet at one of his crony fundraisers. Anyone who would support this waste of historical proportions, would have to be among the absolute top of the have-mores, or be entirely out to lunch...particularly the ones that refer to you as liberal, just because you happen to have an ability to see clearly what's immediately in front of your face......I also agree, that if I were in a position to decide wheter or not to have children (too late, mine are in their 20's), I would more than likely decide against it. I'm really resisting handing advice to mine...but we need a substantial turnaround to start reparing the extreme damage that has been done in so many places....

    November 8, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Karen,ny

    OH.. hOWARD..I think that you and your wife are ALONE.

    November 8, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Jay

    It's absurd that Bush and his staff would call this fiscal about the pot calling the kettle black. Water resources and management is an enormous issue in this country and has been way underfunded in recent years.

    Forget the importance of that for the moment. Fiscal irresponsibility?? This coming from an administration that's run near record deficits, massively cut taxes for the wealthy and frozen oil royalties during wartime while underfunding our troops...

    This has been one of the most fiscally irresponsible administrations in US history. Only Reagan had similar deficits, HOWEVER, at least Reagan got stuff done - advanced our space program significantly while masterfully giving us the lead in the Cold War. Bush will have nothing to show for his legacy.

    Hmmmm...what's more irresponsible, funding critical water management projects (there's plenty of evidence in recent news of this issue) or slashing taxes for oil companies?

    November 8, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Mark, B'ham, Al.

    Just more pork the corrupt Louisiana politcal system can steal from tax payers. And as someone said who is going to pay for the pork? If you think the democrates will only raise taxes on the rich only then look back to 1993 and see how a rich E6 in the Navy got his taxes raised $4,000.00 the next year for his wife getting a 25 hr/wk job @ $5.50/hr. Also if you believe they will not raise taxes on the middle class I will sell you some swamp land in the 9th Ward in N.O.

    November 8, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. J Houston, TX

    Bush was entirely correct to veto. Why do you people even comment if you haven't read the bill?

    Fixing the water problems around the Gulf is a great goal. This bill won't help one bit.

    November 8, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. bprossersme

    Three Billion Dollars in PORK in this bill. Unholy democrats!

    November 8, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Patrick - Bellingham, WA.

    I would hope that someone will remind our do-nothing congress of what leaving Iraq will look like: Can you say Somalia! We and the Brits have vitually ceded the south of Iraq to Iran. If our congress cannot see the consequences of leaving the job half done, we should send them on a junkit-trip to Somalia. I think taxpayers would gladly pay for the trip. Unfortunately, the media is too biased against finishing the war than they are about honest, balanced reporting. Come On Folks, get your reporters on the gound in Somalia so the American public can get a 'real world' look at the future of the place where almost 4000 US service personnel have paid the ultimate price. Nice VETO overide. Now everybody knows we are a 'paper tiger' because of our congress. Break out the terrorist welcome mat.

    November 8, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    To: Howard Hewlett Des Moines Iowa

    While I past my child bearing years; I have told both my adult children that while I would not reject a grandchild I am not encouraging them to have any children. There are too many people in this world as it is (that is the number one environmental problem)and I think in 50 years life on this planet is going to be pretty miserable.

    The problem with this argument is that the people who are conscientous about this are the very people who should be having children.

    November 8, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. Brian, Orlando, Florida

    uh oh the Bush veto didn't work for a change, guess he can't say congress didn't do anything. Thank you congressional Republicanss for siding with the people for a change!

    November 8, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |


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    November 8, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  20. Kim, Dallas, TX

    I am in agreement, if the Republicans are running the country after the next election, I too would look at moving to Canada. They have a more sane population and a country that respects it's citizens. Yes, my friends are in agreement as well. Here's the funny part. It's the educated population that sees what is going on with our country. We want what we used to have and not an imperialist government. We want the freedom that our soldiers so bravely have given their lives for. I believe Bush has run our country into the ground and it will take an exceptional leader to try to turn things around. I see a very difficult time in our country's history coming at us soon. We are in a very weak spot internationally.

    November 8, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  21. Ace, Grand Rapids, MI

    I wonder if Bushie will get all Veruca Salt over this!?! LOL

    November 8, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  22. Mrs. America

    Go, Senate!

    November 9, 2007 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
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