NFU Statement: Senate Overrides Farm Bill Veto
WASHINGTON (May 22, 2008) – National Farmers Union President Tom Buis commended the U.S. Senate today for voting to override the president’s veto of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 by a vote of 82-13. Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted 316-108 to override the veto.
“Today’s vote brings a near completion to a long process that many Americans have been waiting for.
“The inadvertent clerical error, discovered yesterday after the president’s veto, leaves one of the 15 titles incomplete. The House of Representatives has re-passed the conference report today and the Senate will follow suit after the Memorial Day recess. While this error was unfortunate, Congress continues to demonstrate its wide, bipartisan support for this legislation.
“Fourteen of the fifteen titles are now law, and the clerical error omitted the non-controversial trade title which provides funding for international food aid. I do not expect anyone in Congress to oppose finalizing the trade title after the recess.
“This Food Bill makes much needed improvements and investments in conservation, nutrition, anti-hunger, farm, ranch, rural development, fruits and vegetables, livestock and other vital programs.
“I commend the leadership of Majority Leader Reid, Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Chambliss, Senators Conrad, Baucus and all the senators who worked so hard to make today a reality. It is not an easy task to complete such inclusive legislation, and it could not have happened without the hard work, dedication, and leadership of these senators working together in a bipartisan manner.
“The hurdles to completing this legislation have been many, but Congress has done a good job under very difficult circumstances. I appreciate the continued leadership and perseverance to complete the bill.”