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With Flooding Threatening Illinois Crops, Hare Votes to Override President's Farm Bill Veto

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today voted for a second time to override President Bush's irresponsible veto of the Farm Bill, legislation that would provide food aid, farm subsidies, and economic development for rural America. The veto was overridden 317-109.

"With crops in my district and all across the Midwest now threatened by flooding, it is more important than ever that we give American farmers a strong safety net," Hare said.

Rising flood waters along the Mississippi and other major rivers have damaged or destroyed thousands of acres of corn, soybeans, and other crops, with water levels expected to rise further.

Many of those crops cannot be replanted this year.

"Thousands of farmers in my district will have to start fresh next year, and I want to make sure they have every resource they need to make 2009 a successful growing season," Hare said. "Today's veto override will help make that a reality."

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