Last weekend leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees came to an agreement on extending the lifespan of the 2018 Farm Bill by one year.
That is United States Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) who says that he agrees with leaders from both ag committees who say the extension “in no way” substitutes in place of a five-year farm bill. Grassley says that he will push for the creation of a new five-year farm bill next year and that it should be completed as early in the year as possible.
Speaker of the House Mike Johnson revealed a two-part funding package that would provide money for some federal operations, including USDA, for two months and through February 2 for the rest of government. The extension depends on House, Senate, and White House agreement on the continuing resolution.
Also, Congress has until Friday before a partial shutdown of government goes into effect and federal spending laws expire. Grassley says that despite appearing to save money on the surface, a government shutdown also carries a hefty price tag.
Senator Grassley made his comments on Tuesday morning during his weekly conference call with ag broadcasters and reporters.