The Senate and House decided to put an end to the tedious seven year wait and voted overwhelmingly for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that includes wetland protection, flood protection, levee repair and construction, and dredging of our navigable waters and ports.

But today the President vetoed this bipartisan bill that strengthens avenues of commerce all over the country and provides critical coastal protection. Louisiana’s recovery from hurricanes Katrina and Rita is dependent upon the projects this bill authorizes.

The $7 billion investment in protecting Louisiana communities from future storms rising in the Gulf is truly an historic commitment to coastal restoration in our state.

I am disappointed that the President chose to veto this essential legislation, but I stand united with the Louisiana delegation to work to override the veto in the House and Senate. With so much on the line for our state, we will fight to enact this vital bill with or without the President’s consent.

I spoke with Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE, and he promised to schedule a Senate vote to override the veto at the earliest opportunity following the House, which is expected to act as early as Tuesday.