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ANOTHER MISSTEP IN THE FARM BILL
Agri-Pulse reports:

The House of Representatives will consider the farm bill again at about 10 am today and attempt to pass the bill and another farm bill extension---throwing plans to have the entire process completed before the Memorial Day break into disarray.

These latest decisions come after lawmakers sent the bill, absent the trade title, to President Bush to sign Tuesday night. A clerk inadvertently dropped the trade title during enrollment of the bill, but the error was not discovered until after President Bush vetoed the measure.

As we reported yesterday, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) took to the floor and questioned the process and constitutionality of voting to override a bill that was not complete. However, lawmakers voted to override the veto anyway by 316 to 108.

White House spokesperson Scott Stanzel said last night that "we are trying to understand the ramifications of this Congressional farm bill foul-up. We haven't found a precedent for a Congressional blunder of this magnitude."

He also suggested that this action provided yet another opportunity to pass a farm bill that the President could sign, or send him a one-year extension.


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