Presidential contenders focus on levee votes

06/23/2008 | CNN

With Midwestern flooding dominating the headlines, presidential contenders Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain traded jabs over whose voting record has shown the most support of levee projects. Obama noted that McCain had opposed the 2007 Water Resources Development Act, a $23 billion package funding everything from levee construction to water-quality testing. But McCain fired back that Obama had voted against a bipartisan effort to ensure that flood-control projects received top priority, an amendment supported by leading Democrats in the flood-prone Midwest.

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