Senator Kit Bond says the veto of a measure keeping Missouri River levels where they are didn’t surprise him, though he says he held out hope it wouldn’t happen. In the veto message, Clinton said Bond’s amendment threatened environmental harm to the Missouri River while blocking efforts to modernize how the US Army Corps of Engineers operates the river. He vetoed the measure at 6:00 Saturday evening, a time that garners very little media coverage. Bond says the spring rise advocated by the Fish and Wildlife Service would cause the Missouri River to flood and would hurt navigation on the Missouri.
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