On today''s agenda for the U.S. House of Representatives is the final proposal for the 2008 Farm Bill. Following the House vote, the U.S. Senate will consider the legislation. More than 550 agricultural, environmental, nutrition, speciality crop, religious, consumer and other related groups signed a letter on Tuesday urging both congressional houses to pass the bill. Meanwhile, President Bush continues to promise to veto the current legislation.

A simple majority is needed to pass the bill, two-thirds of the House would have to vote to override a veto.

"This is by no means a perfect piece of legislation, and none of our organizations achieved everything we had individually requested," the letter states. "However, it is a carefully balanced compromise of policy priorities that has broad support among organizations representing the national’s agriculture, conservation and nutrition interests."

Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), said that the President may not pressure House Republicans to vote against the bill. "When you have a lame duck President; he has very weak loyalty from his own party," Grassley says. "I think you are going to see an override in the House."

Source: American Agriculturist