Bush Vetoes Water Projects

WHITE HOUSE (AP) -- President Bush is ready for another veto fight with Congress -- and it's one he's expected to lose.

He vetoed a bill this morning authorizing hundreds of popular water projects, even though lawmakers appear to have enough votes to override him.

Bush has used the veto very sparingly since becoming president. This would be the first time he's had a veto overridden.

The 23-billion-dollar bill passed in both chambers of Congress by well more than the two-thirds majority needed for an override. The projects include some that would repair hurricane damage, restore wetlands and prevent flooding in communities across the nation.

The original Senate bill would have cost 14 billion dollars, while the House version totaled 15 billion. During negotiations, 9 billion dollars worth of projects were added. Bush complained that the final version was loaded with unneeded pet projects.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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