Congress Set to Override Bush Veto for the First Time

CAPITOL HILL (AP) -- Republicans and Democrats have joined forces to approve what could become the first override of a President Bush veto.

The House is challenging the president over a more than 23 billion-dollar water resources bill that addresses pressing infrastructure needs while offering hundreds of home district projects.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says the president's argument that the bill is fiscally irresponsible rings hollow when the White House is asking for an additional 200 billion dollars for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bush did not veto a single bill during the first five years of his presidency, when Congress was mainly in Republican hands. He has vetoed several since then, and prevailed every time.

The House vote to override was 361-54, well over the two-thirds majority needed to negate a presidential veto.

The Senate, which approved the bill 81-12 in September, could cast its override vote as early as tomorrow.

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

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