WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate passed a $307 billion farm bill Thursday in a veto-proof 81-15 vote.
President George W. Bush is expected to veto the measure, The New York Times reported. But the five-year measure passed the House 318-106 Wednesday, more than enough support an override.
Bush asked for cuts in subsidies to big farmers, arguing that they are not needed at a time when grain prices are at record highs. He charges that the bill is "full of gimmicks."
He faces revolt from within his own party.
"I know there is a veto threat from the White House," Rep. Robin Hayes, R-N.C. "If the president decides to follow through I will be there voting to override him because we need this update for our nation's policies."
The farm bill combines federal subsidies for agriculture with spending on nutrition programs for the poor, especially food stamps.