The Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act by a vote of 81-12. The legislation authorizes funding for flood control, navigation and environmental projects managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. It provides $3.6 billion for the modernization of the locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi River and the Illinois Waterway system and restoring the ecosystems.

The House overwhelmingly passed the bill on Aug. 1. The President is threatening to veto the bill because of cost concerns, but many believe Congress would override a veto. This has been a high priority of the National Corn Growers Association and the American Soybean Association.
-- P. Scott Shearer, Washington, D.C. correspondent