Another Government Shut Down Looms
Johnson says weeks of negotiations with top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer produced billions in hard-won cuts to the IRS and a claw-back of COVID funds in a bid to avert two shutdown deadlines--the first next Friday, would affect USDA.
GOP hardliners demanded bigger cuts and border policy changes, but Johnson said he’ll stay the course to let appropriators finish spending bills. Though, that may take another funding extension or continuing resolution.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack argued on a zoom press call against a long CR and for full funding of the Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC nutrition program
Vilsack says many states would have to consider implementing waiting lists for applicants to reduce costs. But the House and Senate must still reach agreement on full-year spending bills, a challenge given House hardliners haven’t given up their fight for bigger cuts and conservative policy riders.