River Locks Bill Vetoed

9 years 3 months 1 week ago November 07, 2007 Nov 7, 2007 Wednesday, November 07 2007 Wednesday, November 07, 2007 5:00:05 AM CST in News
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Four Missouri Republicans voted to override President Bush's veto of a bill to upgrade locks and dams on the upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers. All four Missouri Democrats also voted to override, which passed the House on a 361-54 vote. Bush says the 23 billion dollar water-resources bill is too expensive. Midwestern farmers and the barge industry have urged expansion of the locks for years. Republican Roy Blunt of Springfield agreed with Bush that the legislation is too costly. Blunt supported an earlier 14 billion dollar version of the bill. The Senate could vote on overriding Bush's veto as early as today. Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill plans to vote against the override because of expensive earmarks that were added after the original measure passed both houses.

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