Port of Sunnyside and Port of Pasco Effected By Senators Vote on Water Bill
WASHINGTON (AP) - All six U.S. Senators from Washington, Oregon and Idaho voted Thursday to override President Bush's veto of the $23 billion water resources bill.
The override is the first of Bush's 7-year-old presidency.
The six, including Republicans Gordon Smith of Oregon and Larry Craig and Mike Crapo of Idaho, joined 79 other Senators in defying the President, who had argued the bill was filled with unnecessary projects.
The bill pays for hundreds of projects, such as dams, sewage plants and beach restoration, that are important to local communities including the Port of Sunnyside and the Port of Pasco.
The House voted to override the veto Tuesday, with all 16 Representatives from the three Northwest states voting in favor.
Senator Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell both voted to override the president's veto of the bill.
It is enacted despite Bush's protests that the measure was filled with unnecessary projects.
Murray says the vote showed the Democratic-controlled Congress won't allow the president to block projects urgently needed for flood control, navigation and water quality.