Monday, September 16, 2019
House Democrats are weighing a short-term spending plan that could temporarily freeze the Trump administration's trade relief payments to farmers. The House Appropriations Committee is circulating among members a draft continuing resolution that leaves out language requested by the White House to ensure that the Agriculture Department can continue distributing checks to farmers and ranchers adversely affected by President Donald Trump's trade war.
Congress is expected to pass a continuing resolution this month to keep the government open after Sept. 30, when fiscal 2019 ends and current funding expires. The trade aid money is paid out of the CCC, a Depression-era agency within USDA. USDA has so far paid $3.3 billion out of the $14.5 billion set aside for farm payments for 2019. The agency sent $8.6 billion in direct payments for last year's production.
Industry groups immediately lashed out at the proposed Democratic freeze of funding as "partisan game playing."
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