Federal funding barrier: Billions more for farmers

President Trump wants a pre-election slush fund of up to $30 billion at USDA that he can spend with no strings attached, said the senior Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee on Monday as agricultural aid blossomed into a potential roadblock for a government funding bill. Republicans …

Congressional control needed of ‘USDA’s bank,’ says Peterson

The Trump administration has had virtually a free hand since 2018 in sending billions of dollars in cash to U.S. farmers and ranchers to mitigate the impact of trade war and the coronavirus pandemic. House Agriculture chairman Collin Peterson said on Tuesday that it was time for Congress to …