Arkansas Congressmen Vote to Override Bush Veto of Water Bill

LITTLE ROCK, AR - All four Arkansas members of the House voted yesterday to override President Bush's veto of a water resources bill.  That includes Republican Congressman John Boozman, who cast his first ever override vote against the president.

The House voted 361-54 to approve the $23 billion measure, exceeding the required two-thirds majority to override a veto.  The bill includes several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects in Arkansas to improve water infrastructure.  The Senate, which approved the bill 81-12 in September, could cast its override vote as early as today.

Boozman says he respectfully disagrees with President Bush, saying that the projects are very important to Arkansans.

Bush did not veto a single bill during the first five years of his presidency, when Congress was mainly in Republican hands.  He has since vetoed a stem cell research bill twice, and Iraq spending bill that set guidelines for troop withdrawal and a children's health insurance bill.  He vetoed the Water Resources Development Act on November 2, saying it was too expensive.

Arkansas' other House members, Democrats Marion Berry and Vic Snyder, also voted in favor of the bill.

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