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WASHINGTON - July 24: Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Wis., Rep. Zack Space, D-Ohio, Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., House Agriculture Chairman Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., and ranking member Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., during a news conference on the farm bill. House Republicans have been told to expect a veto threat from the White House on the farm bill (HR 2419), potentially forcing them to take a tough vote on a measure that is loaded with money for farmers. A senior House Republican said Tuesday that rank-and-file members have been told that a veto threat is likely because the bill -- which is scheduled for floor action later this week -- is deemed too generous in its overall funding for farm programs. Several Republicans who attended a House GOP Conference meeting said that Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia, the ranking Republican on the House Agriculture Committee, had given a matter-of-fact appraisal of the bill, without indicating whether he would support or oppose the measure. However, Goodlatte later told reporters that he plans to support the bill when it reaches the House floor, even though there a parts of the measure that don't sit well with his party. "The bill definitely has something for everyone to love, and something for everyone to not like," he said. Another GOP lawmaker who attended the caucus meeting Tuesday said, "If you're from a rural district, chances are you will probably be voting for the bill. If you are from an urban district and you are a fiscal conservative, you'll vote against it." Senior Republicans say they do not expect, for now, to whip votes against the farm bill. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly).

WASHINGTON - July 24: Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Wis., Rep. Zack Space, D-Ohio, Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., House Agriculture Chairman Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., and ranking member Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., during a news conference on the farm bill. House Republicans have been told to expect a veto threat from the White House on the farm bill (HR 2419), potentially forcing them to take a tough vote on a measure that is loaded with money for farmers. A senior House Republican said Tuesday that...
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