President George W. Bush signaled yesterday he might veto the Senate’s $288 billion version of the farm bill. Philip Brasher of the Des Moines Register reported today that the administration doesn’t believe the bill violates congress’ pay-as-you-go budget rules. The bill “uses tax increases and budget gimmicks to pay for priorities that deserve to be funded in an honest fashion,” acting ag secretary Charles Conner said. Sen. Kent Conrad said Bush’s estimate was a “make-believe writing up of the numbers.”

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