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GOP, Dems Take Historic Jab at President Bush

A federal water resources bill was meant to build levees and restore wetlands, but it ended up making political history, too. President Bush vetoed the $24 billion Water Resources Development Act, but Congress overrode him. That’s the first time that ever happened to this president. Every Illinois senator and representative voted for the bill, including Republican Peter Roskam from the 6th district.

ROSKAM: You make choices in this arena, and the choice I made was to stand by the district and get the resources there in order to keep lake Michigan safe. I respect the president and certainly respect his perspective but on this bill, we just parted company.

Roskam says an Asian carp barrier project was the major reason he supported the bill. The invasive Asian carp has devastated native fish that live near Roskam’s district.

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