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House, Senate Override Farm Bill Veto Again

Thursday, June 19, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The House and Senate voted Wednesday to override President Bush's veto of the $290 billion farm bill.

 

The override came just hours after Bush vetoed the measure, saying it is too expensive and too generous with subsidies to farmers.

 

Most of the bill was enacted in May, but 34 pages, which included foreign aid programs, were mistakenly missing from the copy Congress sent to the White House so that section did not become law.

 

To ensure the aid continues amid a global hunger crisis and to prevent future legal challenges, Congress passed the bill in its entirety, Bush vetoed it again, and then Congress overwhelmingly overrode the veto

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