House approves CR to avoid government shutdown

September 24, 2020

On Tuesday, the House voted 359-57 to approve a Continuing Resolution to extend current appropriations through December 11. The vote comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin finalized a last-minute deal to include the requested replenishment for the Commodity Credit Corporation for farm payments and extend the Pandemic EBT program to provide meals to children that would normally receive free or reduced-price lunches at school.

The Senate is expected to approve the measure in the coming days and defer discussions on the FY 2021 spending bills to the lame-duck session of Congress.

The American Farm Bureau Federation, UEP and 40 other agriculture organizations sent a letter to House and Senate leadership requesting they immediately provide replenishment for the Commodity Credit Corporation through the Continuing Resolution on September 15.

UEP's DC team believes the President will move quickly to sign the legislation into law and avert a government shutdown on September 30.