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Administration threatens Ag approps veto

The Obama administration has found so many objections to provisions in the fiscal year 2013 Agriculture appropriations bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee that the White House Office of Management and Budget has issued a veto threat even before the bill has come to the House floor.

The administration objected to the bill’s budget cuts to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and international food aid, among other issues.

It also objected to a provision allowing money from the special nutrition program for women, infants and children (WIC) to be spent on potatoes, and to a provision that would limit implementation of a Packers and Stockyards measure affecting poultry producers.

“If the president were presented with H.R. 5973, his senior advisers would recommend that he veto the bill,” said the statement of administration policy issued last Thursday.