House and Senate take different paths to avoid shutdown

With the end-of-month deadline looming, the U.S. House and Senate are taking different approaches to funding the government past September.

Wisconsin Republican Congressman Tom Tiffany tells Brownfield about three-quarters of the appropriations bills for discretionary funding are complete, and he’s hoping those pass this week. “I’m hoping that we do a continuing resolution for the balance, for that 25% because we’ll be most of the way, and then let’s finish the rest of those appropriations bills.”

Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin says the Senate is working on a temporary solution. “In the Senate right now, we know we need more time to pass the government funding bills, so we are debating a continuing resolution that would get us to mid-November, I think ample time to do the rest of our work.”

During an American Farmland Trust webinar this week, Democrat Ben Ray Lujan from New Mexico says the Senate is working on a temporary solution. “I’m happy to share with you that the Senate did take action to put forth the procedure so that we can have our own short-term funding package to prevent the government shutdown. I’m hopeful that it will be passed and sent over to the House as soon as possible so that the House can consider it.”

If there is a government shutdown this weekend, Farm Service Agency and National Ag Statistics Service offices would close and most farm programs would pause.  Crop insurance would not be affected by a shutdown.

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