Senate Appropriations Committee approves aid package

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The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee today approved a four billion dollar farm aid package that would help Vermont farmers hurt by the wet spring, high fuel costs and record low milk prices.

The bill is now headed to the floor of the Senate.

Last week, President Bush threatened to veto a similar spending bill.

If the emergency farm assistance becomes law, it would include direct payments to farmers in Vermont and other states who lost crops due to heavy rains and flooding.

It would help defray high fuel costs and provide grants to specialty crop producers, including dairy farmers.

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