Friday, March 30, 2007

Farm Aid included in Iraq War Bill

The Senate passed a bill extending both aid to drought stricken farmers and funding for the war in Iraq. However there is an important caviat in the bill. The US must start to withdraw troops within 120 days. President Bush has promised to veto the bill if this provision remains.

WASHINGTON - The Senate passed legislation Thursday that includes $4.2 billion
to help farmers and ranchers hurt by drought, floods and other weather-related
disasters in recent years.The money is included in a $122 billion war spending
bill designed to help pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The House passed
a similar bill last week that included slightly less than $4 billion in farm

But some Senators didn't like the farm aid being included in the war spending bill including North Dakota Republican John Thune:

The inclusion of the disaster money made it a hard vote for some farm-state
Republicans, including South Dakota Sen. John Thune."I have been and remain a
strong proponent for agriculture disaster relief and I would vote for this bill
if it did not telegraph our military strategy to the enemy and force our troops
to surrender regardless of conditions on the ground," Thune said in a

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