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. Texrat, Fort Worth TX

    Bush is completely out of touch with reality.

    November 8, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Dave B., Sterling VA

    It's about time Congress stepped up to the plate and started defending American from G.W. Bush. Our president doesn't really have a clue what this country is about.

    November 8, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. RightyTighty

    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"??

    November 8, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. T. Tim, Lodi, Wi


    November 8, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Howard Hewlett Des Moines Iowa

    It is amazing that president Bush preaches being fiscally conservative on all matters accept the war in Iraq. His complaints strike me as crocodile tears. The only reason why we could possibly be against this legislation is because he needs that money to keep funding that war so he can be vindicated. Let it go George, you and all the neo-cons were wrong about Iraq and there is no amount of money that you can borrow from China then spend to make it right! This war has severely weakened the United States and I fear what ramifications will come in the not so distant future.

    At the risk of being melodramatic my wife and I have had several serious conversations about not having children now because of the future that Bush has laid out for them. Is there anyone that feels this way or are we alone?

    November 8, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Sophie, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Okay it may be 2 years after Katrina but things in New Orleans are not nearly what they need to be if it's going to survive another hurricane. I have some choice words for Bush. Congratulations to the men and women at congress who have made sure the city is getting the aid it needs. And if Bush is so concerned about spending money then why are we blowing it all on a war we're fighting in vain?

    November 8, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Of course Bush tried to veto this bill, he has shown in the past that Katrina survivors hold little interest for him. Fisheries in Michigan? Why on earth would this President care about fisheries in Michigan? The Everglades? If he cant put oil rigs in the Everglades, what use would he have for them. At least Congress got this one right!

    November 8, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Ryan, New York, NY

    At the risk of being melodramatic my wife and I have had several serious conversations about not having children now because of the future that Bush has laid out for them. Is there anyone that feels this way or are we alone?

    Posted By Howard Hewlett Des Moines Iowa : November 8, 2007 12:48 pm

    What you're talking about here isn't entirely Bush created, but I'm definitely feeling you on the negative direction we're headed and how I'd be hard pressed to subject my flesh and blood to it. It's too bad, because I've got more than a handful of friends, co-workers, and family who feel the same way. Most of them are the ones who would be contributing good genes to the pool and who take thorough care in most everything that they do. They're the people who mankind needs to procreate, not the people make up a large percentage of those who currently are...

    Don't know if you've seen the movie, but along these lines, Idiocracy has been on Showtime a lot lately. Fortunately that would never happen, as we'd be conquered before it got that bad.

    November 8, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Tired of W, OH

    Now that Congress has just found its spine, how about overriding Bush's SCHIP veto? Or getting our troops the hell out of Iraq? Those are just a couple of the things that the American people overwhelmingly support that Bush does not.

    Q: When the leader of a country no longer represents his people, what does that make him?
    A: A Dictator. Just like Sadaam.

    November 8, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Tom

    Take that Bush Goone. God I cant wait till you get out of office.

    November 8, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. christian, selden, ny

    Howard Hewlett Des Moines Iowa

    people might call you crazy for that but your not. i have talked about even leaving this country if the republicans remain in power after these elections

    November 8, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. summus

    If we can spend billions of dollars that we don't have on wasteful Iraqi projects then we can spend billions of dollars we don't have on wasteful American projects!

    Actually China, Saudia Arabia, and Japan are paying for this- we owe them.

    November 8, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Kevin, Baltimore MD

    "It's about time Congress stepped up to the plate and started defending American from G.W. Bush. Our president doesn't really have a clue what this country is about.

    Posted By Dave B., Sterling VA : November 8, 2007 12:36 pm"

    But who is going to defend us from Congress??? They are just as bad as Bush. Actually, last time I checked they had an even lower approval rating!

    November 8, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. christian, selden, ny

    we are finally doing something for the people instead of the specail interest. you know somehow this is going to interupt some sort of business and its probably why bush doesnt want to do it. bush is the ultimate puppet i can just imagine the type of greedy people that were absolutely celebrating when he got elected and the 2nd time im sure they were even happier that they knew they could get away with murder and not even lose there faith based followers~!!

    November 8, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. CJ, Kentucky

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if that bunch of yahoos finally woke up to what is going on around them and tried to stand together to clean up the mess that has been created by George the Weasel and his entourage. ACCOUNTABILITY is what we all want!!!

    November 8, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. John, Toronto, Canada

    Seriously just come to Canada. Our economy is booming and our birthrate is too low, we would love for you to ahve babies in our country and have your kids born into a society with healthcare and the means to keep them safe.

    November 8, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. AJ, Chicago IL

    The faster Bush gets out of office the better. How House and Senate Republicans can still defend Bush's irresponsible fiscal conservatism is beyond me? Bush's Iraq War (and poorly handled post-war Afghanistan) actions will cost American ~1 trillion dollars by 2009 (not including the spike in oil price). Not to mention the Bush and Cheney "saber-rattling" over Iran has further increased the price of oil. Doesn't the average American realize that during the first year of Bush's presidency oil started going up from $25 per barrel to approaching ~$100 per barrel.

    November 8, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Amy, FL

    Bush couldn't spell the word "veto" while the Repubs had control over Congress, regardless of the substance of their spending bills. Now the moron vetos everything. Oh that's right, he needs to be "relevant" and he will be with his veto power (his speech a few weeks ago). Thanks again Bush for looking out for the people rather than your own political agenda. Your ridiculous, dangerous priorities lost the Congress for the Repubs, get over it. 2009 can't come soon enough.

    Finally, kudos to Congress. Keep it up...been too long coming.

    November 8, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. John Waldorf MD

    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.

    November 8, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. Rodney Dallas TX

    It's about the the Republican Congress detach their lips from Bush's a** and pay attention to the American people and what they actually want. It's sad that Bush has threatened to veto the new bill passed regarding sexual orientation discrimination in the work place. Hopefully, the Repubs in Congress will see that this is discrimination regardless of your religious beliefs. The bible says that we should own slaves, yet Congress went against religious beliefs then so why won't they go against them now.

    November 8, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    We can't water our lawns here in Georgia because Jeb Bush had the Army Corps of Engineers open our dams and pump our water down to Florida. We're more concerned with water hoarding than waterboarding right now, and I think a lot of us would like to vote against Jeb's brother real soon.

    November 8, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. Robert, Shelton, CT

    This was a bipartisan effort, Bush should've realized that, this is a win for Congress and for Americans who want our party to work on things they have in common, not to fight over things that they don't.

    November 8, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. leo

    Ya know it's one thing to be happy someone is standing up to Bush. Yes that's great I don't really like Bush either. But it's completely another to keep WASTING OUR TAX DOLLARS on crap. Yes you heard me. New Orleans is one of my favorite places don't get me wrong. But it's almost like people don't see that there are 100 times bigger issues out there. Right now, no I would NOT bring a child into this world. But it's not because of Bush. It's because there are TOO MANY LAWS taking INDEPENDENCE away. Yes we are a free country, more free than most anyways. But we cannot get pain meds anymore, we cannot make choices about our own well being anymore. Because of the people out there that think I should take care of them. Our choices get less and less because people don't want to make their own choices anymore. Well for those of us who do we now don't get a choice. You have got to be kidding me on this water mess. I could really really care less. I want to hear about stuff that actually effects everyone, not just a few. And yeah I think that I should NOT have to pay income tax, because it goes to medicare (which I think should be taken away) and oh wait a friggin woodstock museum. Geesh I wouldn't care as much about this water thing if I wasn't already friggin broke and I'm not in the poorest class. I hate to think how anyone that lives off minimum wage actually survives at all with the dang taxes.

    November 8, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. LeeAnn, San Francisco, Ca

    It's about time.

    November 8, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Steve, Portland, OR

    Amazing how the closer we get to the elections the more willing some legislators are to pass programs that actually effect the citizens and their lives.

    November 8, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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