President Bush’s veto of WRDA – the Water Resources Development Act – has been overridden by Congress.
The Senate has voted 79-14 in favor of the override, with Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) voting to override and Senator McCaskill (D-MO) voting to sustain the veto. The U.S. House had previously voted 361-54 to override.
WRDA authorizes a number of projects. Of particular interest to Missouri is authorization of funding for projects that include the construction of seven new locks and dams along the upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.
This marks the first time Congress has been able to muster the votes to override one of President Bush’s vetoes.