Senate ignores Bush veto threat, approves farm bill

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Washington- Ignoring President Bush's veto threat, the Senate voted by a wide margin Thursday to boost food stamps and farm subsidies, while allowing some high-income farmers to still get government aid.

The measure, passed by the House on Wednesday, will provide more money for people who need help paying for groceries, said Sen. Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio, who helped shepherd the massive farm bill during nearly 18 months of debate and negotiation.

It will assure that more fresh fruits and vegetables are served in low-income school lunch programs and in meal programs for the elderly, Brown said. It also will provide $50 million in immediate emergency funding for the nation's food banks and double federal money for food banks over the next five years, said Brown, the first Ohioan on the Senate Agriculture Committee in four decades.

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