As expected President Bush vetoed the Farm Bill Wednesday after receiving the bill Tuesday evening. It now heads back to Congress for an attempted override. The Bill passed both chambers with overwhelming support well above the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto.
Over 1,000 groups called on Congress today to override the President's farm bill veto. The coalition of 1,054 organizations surpasses the 557 groups which called on Congress to pass the farm bill last week. The coalition represents farm, conservation, commodity, specialty crop, nutrition, anti-hunger and consumer groups, cooperatives, religious organizations and others
"I am deeply disappointed that the President has accepted the imprudent counsel of his advisors and has rejected the farm bill which Congress approved by unprecedented margins," says Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss, R- Ga. "In any bill of this magnitude all parties must accept some compromise. Not only does our plan move in the direction of what the Administration requested, but it also contains many provisions they proposed last spring. We have crafted a bipartisan and fiscally responsible farm bill and it should become law. Our farmers and ranchers have waited too long for a new farm bill and I will urge my colleagues to over ride the veto."