After Senate passage earlier that day, President Trump on Sept. 30 signed the continuing resolution to keep the government funded through Dec. 11. The CR also provides a much-needed reimbursement to the Commodity Credit Corporation. Funds from the CCC support farm programs ranging from conservation to risk management.
“For years, funding the CCC has been a bipartisan commitment. While we were disappointed it recently became a political flashpoint, we are pleased lawmakers on both sides of the aisle recognize that these funds help to sustain conservation programs and stock America’s pantry. I would be remiss if I did not also thank the Farm Bureau members across the country who let their elected leaders know how important the farm safety net is to the future of U.S. agriculture. We are grateful farmers’ voices were heard,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said upon House passage of the continuing resolution on Sept. 22.
Democratic House leaders pushed back on Republican efforts to include the CCC reimbursement in the continuing resolution. Had the House not included the CCC funding in its legislation, which was ultimately passed by the Senate and signed by Trump, USDA may have fallen short on farm program payments.