For the first time in his seven-year presidency, the US House of Representatives voted Thursday to override a veto by President George W. Bush.

In an effort to force through the 23 billion dollar “Water Resources Development Act” to fund numerous water projects, the Democrat-controlled House voted 361-54 — more than the two-thirds required — to override Bush’s veto last week of the bill.

Bush had condemned the bill, backed by both Democrats and members of Bush’s Republican party, as being too lavish and packed with plumb projects for members’ districts.

If the more closely-divided Senate can also muster a two-thirds vote to override, it will be the president’s first open defeat in Congress since he became president in 2001.

Bush has made use of his veto power on legislation five times so far during his two-term presidency.

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