Let me start with the good news Congress can pass pork laden water bills over the President's veto.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 — The Senate dealt President Bush the first veto override of his presidency on Thursday, with a resounding bipartisan vote to adopt a $23.2 billion water resources bill that authorizes popular projects across the country.Let us take a look at some of the most popular projects.
Supporters said the projects authorized under the Water Resources Development Act are necessary to rebuild the Gulf Coast after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, restore the Everglades and Great Lakes fisheries and build flood-control projects nationwide.However, they seem unable to get a Veterans Affairs bill passed by Veteran's Day.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement today after Democrats once again turned aside a Republican effort to complete work on a veterans' housing, health care and benefits bill before Veterans Day. The vote represented theYou have to wonder about their priorities. Theft seems to be #1. Probably it would seem unseemly stealing from veterans so they will steal from New Orleans instead. After all. Who will notice?
10th time Democrats have rejected such a proposal:
"When the House first took up and overwhelmingly passed the veterans' appropriations bill 146 days ago, none of us could've anticipated we'd be standing here today - the last legislative day before Veterans Day - without a final bill. But maybe we should have. After all, Democrats have used seemingly every measure concerning our Armed Forces as an opportunity to induce surrender in Iraq and pass billions of dollars in unrelated pork-barrel spending. This is just the latest example of it.
"But even with all that, many of us thought they'd treat the veterans' funding bill differently. This is, after all, a piece of legislation that honors and serves the men and women who have done so much to protect the country in which we have the privilege to live today. These are the men and women we will honor on Monday - Veterans Day - with parades and accolades. But thanks to Democrats in Congress, we won't be honoring them with the spending bill they deserve.
Thank the Maker we have the most ethical Congress ever. I'd hate to see the other kind.