Farm Bill Veto Could Happen Tuesday

Schafer says expect a quick veto.

Published on: May 20, 2008

The Farm Bill is likely to reach the President's desk Tuesday. Despite overwhelming passage in both chambers of Congress last week, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer says the President remains committed to vetoing the bill and it could happen rather quickly.

"There is no debate about it, we're not going to sit around the table and wonder should you veto it or not," Schafer says. "So I expect the answer will come swiftly and soon."

If the bill is vetoed quickly, Congress will have time to attempt an override before adjourning on Friday for the Memorial Day recess. The House passed the bill 318-106 last Wednesday and the Senate approved it 81-15 on Thursday. Both of those tallies are much more than the two-thirds needed to override the veto.