Congress again passes farm bill over Bush veto

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — A little more than a month after the original vote to override President Bush’s veto of farm bill legislation was held up due to a clerical error, the Senate on Wednesday passed by an 80-14 vote the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, the farm bill. The House of Representatives earlier in the day passed the legislation by a vote of 317 to 109.

The majorities in favor of the legislation were well over the numbers required to override a presidential veto.

Most of the farm bill was enacted in May, when both the House and Senate overrode the president’s first veto of the legislation. But 34 pages of the bill that would extend foreign aid programs were mistakenly absent from the copy Congress sent to the White House. As a result, that section did not become law and instead of making the missing section a separate law, Congress opted to resubmit the entire bill.

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