House Democrats introduce bill to avert government shutdown

Democrats unveiling temporary funding bill to avert shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-K.Y., said the message of the House bill to farmers was "drop dead".

"To help the millions of families struggling to keep food on the table during the pandemic, Democrats have renewed the vital, expiring lifeline of Pandemic EBT for a full year and enabled our fellow Americans in the territories to receive this critical nutrition assistance", she continued.

The bipartisan 359-57 vote came on a new bill, which funds the government for a month past the presidential election, came after a flurry of last-minute negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin throughout the day, which secured a deal.

Democrats have contended that the farm aid for the Commodity Credit Corporation - a GOP priority - "wasn't help for farmers" but was "a bottomless, unaccountable political slush fund".

The bill introduced by House Democrats on Monday excluded the $21 billion the White House requested for the Agriculture Department's Commodity Credit Corp., or CCC, a Depression-era program created to stabilize farm incomes. Such a Senate vote could also have been politically hard for Democrats in states where agriculture is a crucial industry.

USA farmers have been suffering from low commodity prices and the effects of higher trade tariffs imposed by President Trump.

"The Trump Administration has proven they can not be trusted to distribute payments fairly", said Sen.

The US Agriculture Department does not need the authority to meet farm obligations and will get the money in November anyway, Stabenow said.

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The bill's passage would punt final negotiations over federal spending to the lame duck session of Congress, which is already expected to be immersed in a partisan brawl over a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday. We've covered the corresponding White House-Congress talks since they initiated in late July; with traditional concerts still shelved in much of the USA, artists and other members of the music community stand to benefit from an additional once-off payment. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.

However, Senate Republicans quickly opposed to the stopgap funding bill, as it does not contain a provision to provide aid for farmers impacted by the pandemic.

Democrats controlling the House unveiled a government-wide temporary funding bill on Monday that would keep federal agencies fully up and running into December.

The measure extends many programmes whose funding or authorisations lapse on September 30, including the federal flood insurance programme, highway and transit programmes, and a long set of extensions of various health programmes - such as a provision to prevent Medicaid cuts to hospitals that serve many poor people.

Republicans in the Senate could block the bill or seek to amend it and send it back to the House, according to The Washington Post.

Republicans in 2013 used it in a failed attempt to prevent implementation of the so-called Obamacare health law, and Senate Democrats returned the favor in 2018 in a futile effort to force debate on permitting immigrants brought into the country illegally as children to remain in the U.S. The new aid sought by the White House would replenish those funds.

Pelosi said she would not attempt any such confrontation this year.

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