No work on FY25 budget until FY24 has passed Congress

Leaders on the Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittee say work can begin soon on next year’s spending bills if Congress can meet their upcoming deadline to pass the current fiscal year spending package.

Chairwoman Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin says lawmakers will start hearings in the next few months to learn more from USDA about “what they requested in their budget, where it falls short and whether they’re able to meet their mission.”

Baldwin and Ranking Member John Hoeven from North Dakota tell Brownfield they’re still reviewing USDA’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2025. And while there’s a lot of work ahead, Baldwin says she’s confident the new spending bills can be approved by November if lawmakers can work together.

“Many of our bills in the Senate Appropriations Committee passed unanimously,” she says. “And that shows that parties are working together. It’s what we have to do for 2025 and I hope we’ll see greater cooperation in the House this time around.”

Congress has a deadline of Friday to pass the remaining six appropriations packages for fiscal year 2024.

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