Over 1000 groups to Congress: Override Farm Bill Veto
WASHINGTON (May 21, 2008) – National Farmers Union led a broad coalition of 1054 organizations today calling on Congress to override the president’s farm bill veto. Despite overwhelming support in Congress, the president vetoed the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 this morning.
“There is widespread support for the farm bill, both across this great nation and in Congress as we saw in last week’s super-majority votes,” NFU President Tom Buis said. “While it is disappointing to see the president’s veto, we are hopeful members of Congress will listen to their constituents and override this veto.”
Today’s 1054-group coalition far surpasses the record 557 groups that 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 that represent millions across the country.
In a letter to lawmakers the coalition said the Farm Bill Conference Report makes significant farm policy reforms, protects the safety net for all of America’s food producers, addresses important infrastructure needs for specialty crops, increases funding to feed our nation’s poor, enhances support for important conservation initiatives, and promotes the next generation of renewable fuels.
“It has been a long process. The time has come for a new farm bill to be completed,” Buis said.