On Tuesday November 6 the House of Representatives voted to override the president’s veto of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (WRDA) by a vote of 361 to 54.
On Thursday November 8 the Senate followed suit overriding the veto by a vote of 79 to 14.
It is the first time a Bush administration veto has been overridden by Congress.
Under the Constitution a bill that has been vetoed by the president becomes law if two-thirds of the members in the House and Senate vote to pass the bill over the objections of the president and thereby override the veto of the president.
“This is a great day for the House of Representatives because we stood together – Democrats and Republicans – to do the right thing” said Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. “It is a great day for communities across the country because they have been waiting for federal assistance to upgrade their water infrastructure systems. It is a great day for Gulf Coast residents because they have been counting on President Bush to keep his promise that the federal government would help in the region’s hurricane recovery. It is a great day for Florida because the state is one step closer to getting much-needed resources for Everglades restoration. And it is a great day for the Upper Mississippi River and the Illinois Waterway System because the bill provides funding for a system of new locks and dams and environmental restoration.”
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