This is "Arkies in the Beltway" for the week of Nov. 19, 2023. I'm Alex Thomas, the Washington Correspondent for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
One less thing to worry about this holiday season: The threat of a government shutdown.
President Joe Biden and Congress approved a continuing resolution to fund the government into the start of next year, bucking what had become a congressional tradition of passing a funding measure just days before Christmas.
The spending package has two deadlines for Congress to agree on appropriations bills with new spending amounts: Jan. 19 and Feb. 2.
One provision of the continuing resolution concerns the current farm bill; lawmakers agreed to fund related programs through Sept. 30, 2024. Leaders with the Senate and House Agriculture committees — including Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. — continue to work on a new measure supporting nutrition, rural development and agriculture programs.
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