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a kennedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-08-07 03:44 PM
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Why did Feingold vote no on the water bill??
he was one of 2 dems that voted no, not sure who the other one was.....why did he vote no??
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a kennedy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-08-07 03:49 PM
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1. the answer is here:
Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
In Opposition to Overriding the Presidents Veto of the Water Resources Development Act

November 8, 2007

MR. FEINGOLD. Mr. President, I will vote to sustain President Bushs veto of the Water Resources Development Act. The Presidents veto of the WRDA bill is a welcome opportunity for Congress to modify the flawed, bloated bill. Instead of overriding the veto, Congress should be taking this opportunity to fix the bill.

For seven years, I have worked with Senator McCain and many of our colleagues to achieve essential reforms of the Corps of Engineers, and have long anticipated the day that meaningful reforms are enacted. Unfortunately, during conference, the Senates strong Corps reform provisions were significantly watered down. Instead of the reform bill that the country needs, this bill is simply the latest example of business as usual.

After a decade of government and independent reports calling for reforming the Corps, and pointing out stunning flaws in Corps projects and project studies, and after the tragic failures of New Orleans levees during Hurricane Katrina, the American people deserve meaningful reforms to ensure that the projects the Corps builds are safe, appropriate, environmentally responsible and fiscally sound. The urgency and necessity could not be clearer.

A critical component of reforming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is ensuring independent review of significant Corps projects. This bill provides review but does not ensure it is truly independent.

I will continue to push for Corps reforms that ensure fiscal responsibility, accountability, public safety, and environmental protections. This means ensuring that Americans tax dollars are spent on the most important priorities, not just on members pet projects. Earlier this year, I was joined by Senators McCain, Coburn, Carper, Gregg, Sununu, and DeMint in offering an amendment to form a commission of non-federal, water resources experts to provide Congress recommendations on a process for prioritizing Corps projects.

Complete answer is here: http://feingold.senate.gov/~feingold/statements/07/11/2...
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tanglefoot Donating Member (176 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-08-07 05:45 PM
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2. Well, the man can make a compelling point, can't he? nt.
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