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5/15/08

Congress Passes Farm Bill, President Expected to Veto

The House and Senate are bucking President Bush's veto threats on issues of oil and food.

Members of the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved boosting food stamps and farm subsidies. In the Senate, 35 of 49 Republicans abandoned Bush and joined Democrats in approving a 290 million dollar farm bill that increases food aid for the needy and subsidies for farmers earning record high incomes.

Congress also voted to temporarily halt daily shipments of 70,000 barrels of oil into the nation's emergency reserve, with the crude to be made available to consumers.

Among GOP lawmakers joining the Democratic majority were presumptive Republican nominee John McCain and Senator Pete Domenici, the top Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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