Clements: Congress has few days left to complete the 2020 appropriations process before a continuing resolution expires. R.J. Karney, American Farm Bureau Federation Congressional Relations Director, says the House and Senate are still working on spending levels for agriculture.
Karney: The good news right now is both the House and Senate have passed, in both chambers, a fiscal year ‘20 agricultural spending bill. In the House, the total allocation was $24.3 billion in discretionary funding, and in the Senate, it was a total allocation of $23.1 billion in discretionary funding.
Clements: Karney says the differences in the bills include relocation funds for USDA agencies and stress assistance for farmers.
Karney: In the House, there’s a prohibition on USDA’s relocation of ERS to Kansas City, while in the Senate there’s no prohibition. Additionally, there’s a Farmers Stress Assistance Network and the House allocates $10 million, while in the Senate there’s a $3 million allocation.
Clements: A continuing resolution currently funding the government expires November 21. Karney expects lawmakers will need to pass another continuing resolution.
Karney: All indications are that there will be another continuing resolution to keep the government open past November 21st. House and Senate leadership are currently discussing how long this next continuing resolution should be. It could be as early as December of 2019. There’s also talk of pushing it til February of 2020, and even some rumblings of just doing a full year long resolution that will go to September 30, 2020.
Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.