As if the 2008 Farm Bill hasn’t had enough difficulty, Wednesday brought even more. As expected, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday was quick to override President Bush''s veto of the $290 billion 2008 Farm Bill. However, it turned out that the bill sent to the White House was missing 34 pages due to a "clerical error." That means Bush vetoed a bill different from the one law makers passed.
Now, it seems that the process, this time with a complete bill, will have to be repeated. Democrats hope to approve the entire bill again Thursday. It is thought the Senate then would also vote on the bill. The complete version would again be sent to Bush for another expected veto.
Lawmakers also predict that they will have to pass an extension of the current farm law, which is set to expire Friday.
"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," said Scott Stanzel, a White House spokesman. "It looks like it may be back to square one for them."
Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Speaker of the U.S.House, Nancy Pelosi, was quick to respond saying, "Partisan sniping won''t solve this clerical error that even the White House failed to catch.”. The snafu is thought to stem from an error made while printing the legislation on parchment before sending it to Bush.
Source: Associated Press