A $1.6 trillion spending package is on the table as the House and Senate return from their holiday break. Congressional leadership announced a bipartisan deal over the weekend. This is a framework agreement and lawmakers have less than two weeks to do the detail work. The government will run out of money on January 19 for USDA and three other agencies. The deadline for the rest of the government is February 2. The agriculture appropriations bill failed in a House vote in September due to language dealing with the Food and Drug Administration and the availability of an abortion pill.
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