Congress is facing a January 19th timeline to address four major appropriations bills, including agriculture. The remaining eight spending bills expire February 2. There’s just nine days on the legislative calendar before the first deadline. Will Stafford, who is in the CHS government affairs office in Washington, D.C., says this is not a new phenomenon. “Its been a long time since they’ve been doing things through what we call Regular Order in the appropriations process, but I also think it’s encouraging that there seems to be a lot of momentum on both sides of the aisle to get back to that and do stand-alone appropriations bills for different topics like ag rather than these large scale funding items that are negotiated at the highest level.” Margins are razor-thin in both chambers of Congress, complicating the process. Margins got tighter with recent high-profile changes, including the upcoming resignation of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
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