A broad coalition of 1,054 organizations today called on Congress to override President Bush''s Farm Bill veto. Despite overwhelming support in Congress, the President has vetoed the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 this morning. The 2002 Farm Bill extension expires on May 23.
"There is widespread support for the farm bill, both across this great nation and in Congress as we saw in last week''s super-majority votes," says Tom Buis, National Farmers Union president. "While it is disappointing to see the President''s veto, we are hopeful that members of Congress will listen to their constituents and override this veto."
Today''s 1,054-group coalition far surpasses the record 557 groups that called on Congress to pass the Farm Bill last week. The coalition represents farm, conservation, commodity, specialty crop, nutrition, anti-hunger and consumer groups, cooperatives, religious organizations and others that represent millions across the country.
In a letter to lawmakers the coalition said the Farm Bill Conference Report makes significant farm policy reforms, protects the safety net for all of America''s food producers, addresses important infrastructure needs for specialty crops, increases funding to feed our nation''s poor, enhances support for important conservation initiatives, and promotes the next generation of renewable fuels.
"It has been a long process. The time has come for a new farm bill to be completed," Buis says.
To read the letter, click here.
To see a list of groups by state, click here.
Source: National Farmers Union