Washington, D.C. Update

October 13, 2023

President Biden signs continuing resolution into law: On Saturday, the White House announced President Biden had signed into law H.R. 5860 – “A bill making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2024 and for other purposes.” It was introduced in the House on Saturday, the last day of fiscal year 2023, and quickly moved through both chambers to avert a government shutdown. The bill provides funding for the federal government through November 17 and includes $16 billion in supplemental funding for domestic disaster relief; however, none of the disaster relief in the bill will go through the Department of Agriculture, though funding could support Federal Emergency Management Agency work in rural and agricultural communities impacted by hurricanes, floods, or other declared disasters. The bill extends the funding provided in the fiscal year 2023 agriculture appropriations bill at the same spending levels provided in that bill but prorated only through November 17. The bill did not address any farm bill programs, some of which expired on September 30. Neither the House nor Senate have introduced a bill to reauthorize the farm bill yet. 

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