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Dems Screw Up Corporate Welfare Farm Bill

From a very understanding Reuters:

To fix error, House to vote again on farm bill

By Charles Abbott

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives will vote again on sending the $289 billion U.S. farm bill to the White House to clear up an embarrassing clerical error discovered after the bill was vetoed, Democratic leaders said on Thursday…

The House also was scheduled to vote on a stopgap bill to keep Agriculture Department programs running until June 6. It would be the seventh short-term extension while Congress works on the farm bill, nearly eight months overdue. The current extension expires on Friday.

President George W. Bush announced a veto of the five-year bill and the House voted, 316-108, within hours to override the veto. Leaders decided the override was compromised because Congress gave Bush an incomplete copy of the farm bill, so they decided to ask the House to pass the bill again.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate’s plans for the farm bill were under discussion. Senators expected to vote on the override today.

House Agriculture Committee leaders said a clerical error omitted the 35-page trade title from the copy of the bill sent to the White House. Congress is required to provide exact copies of its bills for the president to approve or veto

The farm bill expands funding for public nutrition [sic], land stewardship [sic] and biofuel development [sic] but Bush says it will subsidize multimillionaire farmers when Americans face higher grocery prices.

Please note the obvious and seemingly rampant incompetence of the Democrat House leadership:

The House also was scheduled to vote on a stopgap bill to keep Agriculture Department programs running until June 6. It would be the seventh short-term extension while Congress works on the farm bill, nearly eight months overdue. The current extension expires on Friday.

Also note that the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is nowhere mentioned in this article.

But is this not what the heroes of the Democrat Party normally decry as “corporate welfare”?

Don’t most of these federal subsidies go to farms owned and run by large corporations?

But as we have so often observed, all such rhetoric goes out the window during election years when the Democrats are buying votes.

After all, you can’t help the little guy unless you have absolute power.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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