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Washington, D.C. —  Senator Thune issued the below statement after the United States Senate passed all 15 titles of the 2008 Farm Bill (H.R. 6124) by a veto proof margin of 77 to 15. The House of Representatives passed the bill on May 22, 2008. A clerical error last month resulted in only 14 of the 15 titles being enacted into law following Congress overriding the President's original veto.

"It is my hope that we will soon put the Farm Bill to rest," said Thune. "The Farm Bill is a victory for South Dakota. This bill creates a permanent disaster program, helps usher in a new era of biofuels production, and improves the farm safety net. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Senate Agriculture Committee to see that the provisions of this bill are properly implemented in the years to come."

Senator John Thune, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, was instrumental in shaping many titles of the bill, which outlines our nation's agriculture policy through 2012.

This measure will be sent to the President for his consideration in the coming days. Should the President veto this complete version of the Farm Bill, the House and Senate would then vote to override that veto to ensure that all 15 titles of the 2008 Farm bill are enacted into law.