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Farmer aid agreement removes obstacle to federal shutdown negotiations

Sep 22, 2020
The GOP wanted increased funds for aid programs to farmers, but opponents said similar aid has gone to big corporations at the expense of smaller farms in the past.
A farmer walks back to his tractor as he plants corn on his Maryland farm. A dispute over funding for farmers was holding up negotiations to keep the federal government open.
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You may need to get used to the threat of government shutdown

Jan 18, 2018
This economy has been reduced to getting by on a never-ending series of four week budget stopgaps.
The House of Representatives has been holding virtual hearings during the pandemic, but lawmakers have been required to vote in person or have another member of Congress cast a proxy vote on their behalf.
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