Government shutdown averted

The U.S. government and all agencies remain open for now.  Congress appeared deadlocked Friday with many politicians and experts predicting a Saturday midnight government shutdown, but the U.S. House was able to pass a continuing resolution keeping all federal agencies funded through November 17th.  For farmers, that means USDA functions including the Farm Service Agency, the Agricultural Research Service, Food Safety and Inspection Service, SNAP, and Rural Development will function normally, at least until mid-November.

President Biden signed the continuing resolution just minutes before the Saturday night deadline that would have shut down most federal agencies, programs, and services.

Speaker Kevin McCarthy was able to get enough Republican votes for the continuing resolution to pass, but as expected, Representative Matt Goetz has already said he will call for removing McCarthy as speaker.

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