$290 Billion Farm Bill Approved by House, Headed to Senate - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/14/08

$290 Billion Farm Bill Approved by House, Headed to Senate

The Senate is taking up debate on a 290 billion dollar farm bill that sailed through the House with a veto-proof margin.

The bill doles out more subsides for farmers and includes money for lawmakers' pet projects. About two-thirds of the bill would pay for nutrition programs such as food stamps and emergency food aid for the needy. Some 30 billion dollars would pay farmers to leave their land idle and to other environmental programs.

President Bush is promising to veto the five-year bill saying it's too expensive and gives too much to wealthy farmers. Bypassing the President's veto may prove an even easier task in the Senate where farm states have greater representation than in the House.

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