WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress on Thursday overturned President George W. Bush’s veto last week of a popular water projects bill, marking the first time lawmakers have mustered enough votes to override Bush.
The Senate voted 79-14 to overturn Bush’s veto. The House of Representatives had overwhelmingly met the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto when it voted 361-54 on Tuesday.
“There are some moments in time when (the president) needs to come together to work with us. This was one of those times,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Today is “one of those very rare moments in a very, very divided Senate that we came together.”