Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement following the passage of the Farm Bill in the United States Senate by a majority of 81 to 15. Despite the President's veto threat, the legislation has now passed both the House and Senate by substantial, veto-proof majorities:
"The Senate's passage of the bipartisan Farm Bill is good news for families who are struggling with the high cost of groceries and gasoline, and good news for America's farmers and ranchers who provide food and fiber for the world.
"The overwhelming, bipartisan, and veto-proof votes of both the House and Senate will prevent the President from standing in the way of vital legislation that will reduce food prices by providing emergency assistance to farmers to help them get their products to market, and help families struggling with rising costs by increasing support for food stamp assistance, food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens. The Farm Bill's historic $1 billion investment in energy independence and support for the transition to cellulosic ethanol will also help to reduce skyrocketing energy prices. This legislation is a strong start to reform our farm support system, and is the best Farm Bill I have ever voted for.
"House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin are to be congratulated for crafting a Farm Bill that meets the needs of farmers and ranchers while providing a historic investment in nutrition assistance to fight hunger. The strong, bipartisan votes the Farm Bill received this week on both sides of the Capitol are tributes to their outstanding leadership."