Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Blunt & McCaskill Agree: Water Bill Too Costly

Four out of five GOP House members from Missouri defied the White House by voting to override President Bush's veto of a bill that would upgrade locks and dams on the upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers, according to the Associated Press.

Republican Rep. Roy Blunt and Sen. Claire McCaskill ended up on the same side of this issue.

Blunt supported the $14 billion version of the bill that originally passed the House, but spokeswoman Antonia Ferrier said the conference committee version that swelled the price to $23 billion is "hardly the same legislation we worked to produce earlier this year."

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., plans to vote against the override because the bill contains several costly earmarks that were "airdropped" into it after the original measure passed both houses.

"This bill still authorizes hundreds of millions of dollars in spending that was added behind closed doors," McCaskill said Tuesday. "As hard as it is to vote against the projects I support, we're never going to get out of this bad habit unless people have the courage to take a stand against it."

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