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Senate Votes to Extend Water Projects
Wed May 15, 2013 12:20 PM CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Wednesday put aside its partisan differences to extend the federal government's main water resources law, which promotes investment in port improvements, flood protection, dam and levee projects and environmental restoration.

The smooth passage of the Water Resources Development Act on a 83-14 vote was in sharp contrast to the last time Congress took up a WRDA bill in 2007, when President George W. Bush vetoed it and the Democratic-led Congress retaliated with the first veto override of the Bush presidency.

Unlike the 2007 bill, which was laden with hundreds of earmarks or special projects ...

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