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Farm Bill Fumble Opens Door to Increased Opposition
Posted By Rob Bluey On June 4, 2008 @ 5:24 pm In Ongoing Priorities,Scribe | Comments Disabled
Opponents of the farm bill are digging in for a fight . A coalition of nearly 30 taxpayer watchdog groups yesterday wrote lawmakers pleading to reopen debate on a section of the bill dealing with trade. And two Republican senators have vowed to prolong debate despite the long odds they face.
Because of a clerical error, House and Senate votes overriding President Bush’s veto didn’t include a 34-page section of the bill on trade. Farm bill supporters would like to move quickly and approve the measure, but Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) are opposed to a simple voice vote , according to CongressDaily ($).
With the backing of Coburn and DeMint, the National Taxpayers Union and Citizens Against Government Waste organized an open letter to lawmakers  urging opposition to the trade section. The letter outlines some of the more egregious provisions included in Title III of the bill.
It remains unclear what will happen next in Congress. Coburn and DeMint are facing pressure from Republicans. In the House, Minority Leader John Boehner, who hails from the most agricultural district among GOP leadership, strongly opposed the bill. Boehner, who helped write Freedom to Farm more than a decade ago, repudiated the pork-laden farm bill . However, 100 Republicans still voted to override Bush’s veto .
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URLs in this post:
 digging in for a fight: http://townhall.com/columnists/RobertBluey/2008/06/01/republicans_fumble_the_farm_bill
 opposed to a simple voice vote: http://www.nationaljournal.com/congressdaily/hba_20080604_8331.php
 open letter to lawmakers: http://www.ntu.org/main/letters_detail.php?letter_id=608
 repudiated the pork-laden farm bill: http://www.foundry.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/05-13-08-letter-to-rep-flake.pdf
 100 Republicans still voted to override Bush’s veto: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll346.xml
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