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The Senate is set to vote Thursday on what promises to be the first override of a veto by President Bush, with members expected to authorize $23 billion in new water projects over the president's objections.

Supporters say 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.

The bill passed Congress by overwhelming margins, and a leading conservative senator called Bush's veto "an exercise in futility" Wednesday. Read full article »

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