MAY 21ST, 2008 | ryan.alexander
President Bush once again showed that he is out of touch with the needs of everyday Americans by issuing the tenth veto of his administration today to veto the Farm, Conservation and Energy Act today.
As Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Harkin wrote the bill to provide a safety net for all of America’s food producers, increase funding to feed our nation’s poor, enhance support for important conservation initiatives, and help make America more energy independent.
In response to the veto by President Bush, Senator Harkin released the following statement:
“Today, right now in America, farm families and rural communities are awaiting a new farm bill. Working families are struggling to put food on the table because of recession and rising food prices. Today in America farmers and ranchers lack the assistance they need to conserve resources and provide a cleaner environment. Production is increasing at such a rapid pace that our lands are eroding and the strain on the environment is increasing. And today in America energy costs are off the charts with drivers in some areas paying over $4.00 a gallon for gas and farmers around the country seeing their diesel costs increase substantially. The Food, Conservation and Energy Act – or more commonly, the farm bill – was aptly named to address each of these concerns.
The bill continues, reforms and strengthens income protection for the benefit of farm families and the rural economy. The nutrition title strengthens food assistance. The energy provisions in the farm bill will help unleash the potential of agriculture and rural communities to supply energy to our nation. And the new bill will help farmers and ranchers with funds and technical assistance to conserve soil, improve water quality and boost wildlife on their land.
With all of these critical investments and reforms in this bill that have won support from both parties, from every region of the country, and from rural and urban members of Congress alike, the president’s veto of this measure is an attempt to deny America these forward-looking initiatives at a time when the country needs them the most.”
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