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Congress overrides farm bill veto

May 23, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Congress overrode President Bush's veto of a $290-billion farm bill, with new and bigger subsidies for farmers, plus more food stamps for the poor.

But first Democrats had to eat a little crow. The version of the bill sent to the White House omitted 34 pages. Democrats realized the error just before the House voted to override on Wednesday. The next day, the Senate overrode the veto too.

Bush says the legislation is too expensive and too generous with subsidies for farmers who are enjoying record high prices and incomes.

House Democratic leaders decided to pass the bill again, including the missing section in the version that Bush received. That vote was 306 to 110, again enough to override a veto should the need arise. The Senate will deal with the issue after its Memorial Day vacation.

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