In a significant bipartisan victory, the GOP-controlled House has successfully passed a stopgap government funding bill, including a one-year extension of the 2018 farm bill. The move comes amidst concerns from some hardline GOP conservatives about the absence of spending cuts in the legislation.
The bill ensures funding for critical departments, such as the USDA, until January 19, 2023, at fiscal 2023 levels. Most other departments and agencies will be funded by February 2. The House's decisive approval, with a vote of 336-95, reflects a collaborative effort, with 209 Democrats and 127 Republicans joining forces to support the measure.
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Pa., expressed satisfaction, highlighting the positive outcome for both sides. The extension provides a sense of stability for USDA and the broader agricultural community, allowing members to return home with the assurance of a farm bill extension.
The bill is anticipated to pass the Senate smoothly, emphasizing the bipartisan commitment to ensuring continuity in government operations. This development marks a temporary solution, setting the stage for future discussions on crucial agricultural policies and funding. Source : wisconsinagconnection