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Schumer, Clinton: Senate Overides Presidential Veto Of WRDA, Authorizes $10 Million For Port Of Rochester Waterfront

Senate Today Votes 79-14 to Override Presidential Veto of Water Resources Development Act, Authorizing Funding for Water Projects Across New York

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the Senate has voted to override the President's veto of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), joining the House to authorize $10 million for the Army Corps of Engineers to participate in the ecosystem restoration, navigation, flood damage reduction, and recreation components of the Port of Rochester Waterfront Revitalization Project.

The Water Resources Development Act authorizes Corps of Engineers civil works projects, including navigation, ecosystem restoration and shoreline protection projects. Under the authorizations, the Corps partners with local sponsors to conduct the project. A project authorization in WRDA is a necessary first step towards securing funding in an appropriations bill at a later date.

"The vote today sends the president a clear message from Congress that critical projects like these cannot and will not be sacrificed," said Senator Schumer. "Authorization for this funding will allow the city of Rochester to revitalize and restore the city's historic waterfront. These improvements will serve as a huge boost for the local economy."

"Crucial funding for Rochester's Waterfront revitalization effort has now been authorized thanks to overwhelming bipartisan support for this bill. I applaud my colleagues in the Congress for voting to override the President's veto, and I will be pleased to see the City of Rochester move forward with this important project," said Senator Clinton.