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Farm Bill Deal Reached in House

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Washington, May 8, 2008 | Anna Koch (202.225.3605) | comments
I am pleased that my colleagues were able to work together to come to a compromise on a Farm Bill that is in the best interest of our country. America’s agriculture community has been waiting too long for productive legislation that is cost-effective for the American taxpayer and will protect our farmers, ranchers, and consumers.
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Last night, Farm Bill conferees finished negotiations and unveiled a bipartisan Farm Bill that should be brought to the House Floor next week for a vote. Congressman Mike Conaway (R-TX) made the following statement after the announcement:

“I am pleased that my colleagues were able to work together to come to a compromise on a Farm Bill that is in the best interest of our country. America’s agriculture community has been waiting too long for productive legislation that is cost-effective for the American taxpayer and will protect our farmers, ranchers, and consumers. I am eager to get the Farm Bill on the House floor next week for a vote and on to the President’s desk. In the event that President Bush vetoes this legislation, I will vote to override the veto. It is past time to ensure that sound federal agriculture policy is enacted for the American farmer.”

Although the President has not said if he will veto the Farm Bill, there is also a possibility that the bill could become law without his signature. As it states in the U.S. Constitution, if the President does not act on legislation for ten days (with the exception of Sundays, while the House is in session), the bill will automatically become law without the President’s signature.
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