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article imageBush Vetoes Farm Bill, But Wait There's More

By Samantha A. Torrence     May 21, 2008 in Politics
The 10th Veto issued by President Bush is this year's Farm Bill. However his Veto has been since over ruled by a 2/3 majority vote in Congress, so why is it still not implemented?
President Bush vetoed this year's Farm Bill on Wednsday citing an increase in taxes that it would require is not what the American people need during this time of economic crisis.
"At a time of high food prices and record farm income, this bill lacks program reform and fiscal discipline," Bush said in his veto statement to Congress. "It continues subsidies for the wealthy and increases farm bill spending by more than $20 billion, while using budget gimmicks to hide much of the increase."
President Bush is against giving wealthy farmers whose adjusted gross income reaches up to $1.5 million subsidies, while poor families are paying exorbitant prices to put food on their tables. The Farm Bill would increase current spending by more than $20 billion while raising taxes on American families.
Congress felt that bill was unable to be vetoed, and after the veto act they quickly came up with a 2/3 majority vote ( The House voted 316-108) to override the President's actions. However, the bill still hangs in hiatus because of a simple clerical error. The bill President Bush vetoed was not the complete farm bill, but a copy which had the trade section of the bill. The constitutionality of the override was questioned by House Republican Leader John Boehner. As it stands the whole process may have to start all over.
The Farm Bill as it stands
Increases funding to food stamps by 7.9 billion for the 28 million Americans who receive food aid.
Boost nutrition programs, including food stamps and emergency domestic food aid, by more than $10 billion over 10 years. It would expand a program to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to schoolchildren.
Increase subsidies for certain crops, including fruits and vegetables excluded from previous farm bills.
Extend dairy programs.
Increase loan rates for sugar producers.
Urge the government to buy surplus sugar and sell it to ethanol producers for use in a mixture with corn.
Cut a per-gallon ethanol tax credit for refiners from 51 cents to 45 cents. The credit supports the blending of fuel with the corn-based additive. More money would go to cellulosic ethanol, made from plant matter.
Require that meats and other fresh foods carry labels with their country of origin.
Stop allowing farmers to collect subsidies for multiple farm businesses.
reopen a major discrimination case against the Agriculture Department. Thousands of black farmers who missed a deadline would get a chance to file claims alleging they were denied loans or other subsidies.
Pay farmers for weather-related farm losses from a new $3.8 billion disaster relief fund.
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