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Congress Returns from Labor Day with Need to Pass Spending Bills

The U.S. House and Senate recently returned to Washington, D.C., from Labor Day recess with a significant amount of work to complete before the end of the 2020 fiscal year, which closes at the end of September. Congress must approve spending bills that can keep the government open, and they must reach an agreement on supplemental aid to assist with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The two items may merge together as the clock winds down if the House and Senate are able to successfully negotiate the items. Additional funding for USDA to reload aid accounts is expected in the COVID aid package, but the details have yet to be worked out. The aid accounts are likely to be needed in the coming months to continue dealing with the pandemic, ongoing trade disruptions, weather and wildfire events, and depressed commodity markets.

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