Stabenow Statement: Senate Successfully Overrides President Bush's Veto of 2008 Food, Conservation and Energy Act
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today made the following statement regarding the Senate's successful override of President Bush's veto of the 2008 Food, Conservation, and Energy Act, also known as the Farm Bill. The new law includes funding for nutrition and food assistance programs, makes critical investments in alternative energy, protects Michigan lakes and waterways, and, for the first time designates particular support for growers of specialty crops.
"Today's successful override of President Bush's veto of the 2008 Food, Conservation, and Energy Act is a victory for farmers, businesses, and middle-class families throughout Michigan and across our country.
"The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act outlines over $10 billion in new funding for nutrition and food assistance programs, and provides over 81,000 students in Michigan schools and nearly 3 million children nationwide increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables. This law also recognizes our specialty crop growers, who grow the fruits and vegetables that keep America healthy and are a major part of Michigan's agricultural economy.
"This vital law makes real investments in alternative energy and conservation efforts, creates tax incentives for the development and production of cellulosic fuel and allocates approximately $1.5 billion in biofuel and alternative energy funding. This law also establishes funding to implement the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy, which helps protect our Great Lakes, and expands critical programs to conserve land, protect wildlife habitats, and restore our wetlands.
"As a member of the House and Senate Conference Committee and Senate Agriculture Committee, I fought hard for this legislation. I am very pleased that we were able to get a bipartisan majority to overcome this presidential veto and deliver a true victory for Michigan's farmers and families."