GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- A new U.S. farm bill has been vetoed by President Bush, and it is a national issue that is affecting farmers right here in Texoma. Mystic Matthews explains what this means for local farmers.
The last farm bill was passed in 2002 and expired last September, so farmers are waiting on the new one. But now they will have to wait a little longer.
President Bush vetoed the $290 billion bill because he says the legislation is too expensive and would send too much money to wealthy farmers despite small cuts made by negotiators.
But farmers are not the only ones who benefit from this bill. About two-thirds of it would pay for nutrition programs like foot stamps, about $40 billion is for farm subsidies, and $30 billion would actually go to farmers.
Bert Darwin with the USDA office in Sherman says this farm bill is not much different than the previous one, and with the bill being vetoed, it will be even longer before farmers here will get their part.
"The farm bill is beneficial to everyone, regardless of who you are. Price of food, energy, it affects a lot of different aspects to our life that nobody really realizes," Darwin says.
The House did vote overwhelmingly to override Bush's veto, but before it made it to the Senate, it was discovered that 34 pages was missing from bill sent to the White House, so it will be even longer before anything is done while Congress figures out how to fix it.