House overrides Haley’s veto of $40M in aid for SC farmers

Thad Wimberly, Jonathan Berry
Thad Wimberly, left, and Jonathan Berry inspect the damage to a field of peanuts following record rainfall and flooding in Branchville, SC., Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Wimberly, co-owner of Wimco Farms in Branchville, said he expects to lose 75 percent of his crop. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The House has overridden Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of a bill to send $40 million in aid to South Carolina farmers who lost their crops in last year’s massive floods.

The 112-2 vote on Tuesday was a sharp rebuke to the Republican governor and well over the two-thirds margin needed. The bill now heads to the Senate.

“The South Carolina House recognizes the unprecedented loss our farmers experienced last October and understands the economic impact at stake if these concerns are ignored,” House Speaker Lucas (District 65-Darlington) said. “Governor Haley’s factually inaccurate justification for vetoing the Farm Aid bill is inconsistent with South Carolina values.

Haley said Monday she vetoed the bill because it gives farmers help not available to other small businesses. Haley says farmers have crop insurance and federal aid to cover their losses.

House Ways and Means Chairman Brian White says that’s not true and Haley’s veto makes no sense. The Anderson Republican says interest payments on bonds given to industries like Volvo will be more than enough to cover the losses from farmers.

 

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