Senate joins House in passing farm bill

by Jay Sjerven
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WASHINGTON — The Senate today passed by an 81 to 15 vote the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, the farm bill. The House of Representatives a day earlier passed the legislation by a vote of 318 to 106. The majorities in favor of the legislation were well over the numbers required to override a presidential veto. President George W. Bush was abroad at the time of the votes, but in a statement issued before he left for the Middle East, he promised to veto the bill, criticizing the Congress for "irresponsible" spending and for failing to reform commodity programs at a time of record prices and farm income.

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