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Appropriations, Farm Bill Discussions Remain Ongoing as Congress Continues District and State Work Periods

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The House of Representatives is out of session for a district work period throughout August. Lawmakers will return for legislative business September 4. Informal Farm Bill negotiations, however, are ongoing between House and Senate staff in preparation for formal conference committee talks, which are expected to convene in early September. House and Senate conferees will work to reconcile differences in the two bills, passed earlier this summer, before the current Farm Bill expires September 30, 2018. Work is also progressing on multiple appropriations bills ahead of the end of the fiscal year on September 30. The Senate recently passed its version of the USDA-FDA appropriations bill , which would authorize nearly $122 billion in mandatory spending and more than $23 billion in discretionary spending. The House Appropriations Committee in May passed its version of the legislation, but it still awaits floor consideration and a full chamber vote.

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