Senator Kit Bond criticized the White House for today’s veto of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) and promised a Congressional override.
“I look forward to the opportunity to override this veto on an overwhelming non-partisan basis. Unfortunately, to those across our country who rely on flood protection, super-efficient port and river transportation, and environmental restoration, this puts an exclamation point on a consistent White House record of hostility," Sen. Bond said.
"The White House should know that this bill does not spend $1. It authorizes our nation’s highest-priority projects making them eligible for federal dollars. The breakfast menu is larger, but the breakfast budget is unchanged. To say otherwise is either misinformed or purposefully misleading," Bond added.
NBC's First Read notes that Congress has a prime shot at overriding this Bush veto. This bill passed the House 381-40 and the Senate by 81-12. Both margins are well above the two-thirds necessary for an override.
From First Read:
The bill has the distinct political attribute of spreading the wealth across political boundaries, as it includes water projects in localities throughout the nation. Ideological lines are obliterated when it comes to this kind of measure. "Everyone gets a taste," said one top GOP aide this morning.