House Democrats have passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through December. The CR includes an increase in the debt ceiling and disaster relief for agriculture. House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott says this is the fastest way to provide critical assistance to farmers. The CR provides $10 billion for agriculture disaster assistance programs and requires farmers who receive a payment under the WHIP+ program to enroll in crop insurance. Read this WHIP+ program fact sheet for more details. The increase in the debt ceiling included in this CR will not likely pass in the Senate, which means House lawmakers will have to update the CR. Senate Republicans want the debt ceiling addressed in the reconciliation bill.
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