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Bush promises veto of farm bill; override expected

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Democrats Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl were part of an 81-15 majority Thursday, even though the state's House delegation voted 5-3 against it on Wednesday.

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The five-year package of farm programs now goes President Bush.

He promises to veto it, but both houses have more than enough votes for an override.

Feingold says it will give dairy farmers higher subsidies when milk prices drop below certain levels.

He also says it protects Wisconsin ginseng growers with new labeling mandates, helps farmers maintain their Social Security benefits, and spends more on food stamps and nutrition programs for the poor.

Kohl said he supported the farm bill for the same reasons.

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., voted against the package, creating more fireworks in the presidential race.

Democrat U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, N.Y., said the White House gave $30 million to Bear Stearns while giving only a veto threat to farmers.

President Bush says the farm bill gives too much government aid to wealthy farmers and it spends too much in general.

McCain said he would veto the measure, too, if he was president.

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