NFU: Senate Farm Bill Re-Vote

NFU: Senate Farm Bill Re-Vote

WASHINGTON (June 5, 2008) – The U.S. Senate voted on the farm bill again today, a necessary step for all of the bill’s titles to become law. A clerical error omitted the trade title when the bill was sent to the president last month. The House re-voted before leaving for Memorial Day recess. NFU President Tom Buis made the following statement: “While today feels a bit like Groundhog Day, I’m pleased the Senate’s broad bipartisan support for the farm bill continues as exhibited by the overwhelming 77-15 vote margin. While it is unfortunate that this step needed to be taken it is important the omitted title’s vital food aid provisions go into effect. “It is a shame anyone in the world goes to bed hungry, given our ability to produce an abundant supply of food. The farm bill’s food aid programs are vital to provide some relief to the less fortunate around the globe. “Investments in the next generation of renewable fuels will reduce the price at the pump and set our nation on a path to energy independence, increases in conservation programs will protect the environment for the next generation, and mandatory country of origin labeling will allow consumers to make informed decisions at the grocery store. “The farm bill accomplishes these goals while maintaining a safety net for producers facing difficult years and creating a program to help those affected by devastating weather conditions. Given the challenges and competing interests facing lawmakers when rewriting the bill this is a reasonable safety net. “Of course, in a perfect world today’s vote wouldn’t be necessary but we have come too far in writing the 2008 Farm Bill to turn back now. I urge the president to consider the bill’s strong support in Congress and re-think his veto.” Posted 6.6.08

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