Congress is again racing to avert a government shutdown at midnight Friday, while also looking to confirm three presidential picks for top posts at USDA.
It’s another stopgap bid to keep the government from shutting down, this time through December 16, well after the midterm elections. Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley; â€œGovernment canâ€™t shut down, so weâ€™re going to be operating for the next few weeks under a continuing resolution, which means, continued spending now at the level we had in the present fiscal year.â€
Barring one possible hurdle according to Grassley is; â€œA Senator Manchin amendment to speed up permitting for infrastructure projects, that is controversial. But whether that ends up being in the bill, I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s going to keep us from passing a continuing resolution.â€
And one, key for rural and other areas. Grassley; â€œFor the typical disasters that we have, from hurricanes, floods, derechos, things of that nature, I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s any doubt that itâ€™s going to be.â€
American Farm Bureau Federationâ€™s Emily Buckman on the broader bill; â€œMonies for Ukraine, the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, Afghan refugees, a whole suit of riders that might be attached.â€
Separately, Senate Ag did advance Biden nominees Alexis Taylor for Undersecretary for Trade, Jose Emilio Esteban for Undersecretary for Food Safety, and Vincent Garfield Logan for the Farm Credit board on Tuesday, with the goal of final Senate confirmation by the end of the week.