Vote number 2008-151 overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill
on Jun 18, 2008
regarding bill HR6124 Veto Override on Food, Conservation, and Energy Act
Results: Veto Overridden, 80-14 (2/3 needed)
OnTheIssues.org Explanation:This bill was vetoed twice! Congress passed an identical bill in May, which Pres. Bush vetoed. Congress then discovered that a clerical error. A replacement bill was passed; then vetoed again by the President; and this is its "final" veto override.Congressional Summary:Provides for the continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through FY2012. Revises agricultural and related programs, including provisions respecting:
President's veto message:I am returning herewith without my approval H.R. 6124. The bill that I vetoed on May 21, 2008, H.R. 2419, did not include the title III (trade) provisions that are in this bill. In passing H.R. 6124, the Congress had an opportunity to improve on H.R. 2419 by modifying certain objectionable, onerous, and fiscally imprudent provisions [but did not].
- commodity programs;
- rural development;
- research and related matters;
- horticulture and organic agriculture;
- crop insurance and disaster assistance;
- socially disadvantaged and limited resource producers; and
- miscellaneous programs.
This bill lacks fiscal discipline. 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. It is inconsistent with our trade objectives of securing greater market access for American farmers. [Hence] I must veto H.R. 6124.Proponents argument for voting YEA:We had a meeting this morning with the Secretary of Agriculture to talk about implementation. So [despite the two vetoes], the work has been going on within the department of agriculture to get ready for implementation.
This is a good bill. It has wide support in the Congress. It does address all of the issues that have been brought to the Agriculture Committee.
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voting on 2008-151
||YES||FL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy.|
||YES||VT Independent Jr Senator, previously Representative|