U.S. House Completes Ten Annual Appropriations Bills

The U.S. House has completed work on ten (of the total twelve) appropriations bills for FY 2020. The ten bills were bundled into two, five-bill “minibuses” and included: H.R. 3351, making appropriations for Financial Services and General Government was adopted 224-196, on June 26, 2019. The bill totals $24.55 billion. H.R. 3055, adopted 227-194, on…

Farm Bill Focus

Corn field

Corn field

The 2018 Farm Bill will focus on a few major issues. 75% of the Farm Bill revolves around the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp program). The general consensus is that most federal lawmakers and stakeholders want to keep a nutrition title included in the Farm Bill. At one time, there was talk about separating agricultural issues from nutrition programs. However, in order to keep urban stakeholders involved it is generally accepted that it is best for everyone to keep the two intertwined.…