Congress faces critical budget deadlines



The United States faces a possible financial crisis. The 2021 budget year ends in six days, and if Congress doesn’t pass a rolling resolution, the federal government will be shut down. The White House briefed authorities this week in preparation for a possible shutdown.

In addition, the government will hit its debt ceiling in mid-October. Congress must raise the debt ceiling or it will put US lending at risk.

The debt limit is the maximum amount the US can borrow to pay off its debts. If Congress does not raise the debt ceiling, the US could not pay its bills and could become insolvent. The debt ceiling hike is not intended for new spending, but rather for the US to pay for spending that has already been approved. The debt ceiling was first set in 1917 at a limit of $ 11.5 billion.

On September 21st, the House of Representatives passed laws that would fund the government through December 3rd and raise the debt ceiling to avoid a financial crisis. However, the House bill won’t be passed by the Senate next week because it needs 60 votes, which means 10 Republican Senators would have to vote for the bill. Republicans have announced that they will not support raising the debt ceiling, contrary to President Biden’s spending plan.

USDA sets up zone for foreign animal diseases in the Caribbean

The USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a federal ordinance on September 17 suspending the interstate movement of all living Pigs, pig germ plasma, pig products and pig by-products from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to the mainland of the United States until APHIS can take sufficient countermeasures to authorize such movements.

The federal ordinance is the latest in a series of safeguards required to establish an African Swine Fever Protection Zone (ASF) in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In July, APHIS confirmed ASP in the Dominican Republic and stepped up surveillance and mitigation in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. This week APHIS announced that ASP is in Haiti. ASF has not been detected in Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands.

Preserve agricultural fairs

The House of Representatives Agriculture Committee approved the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act, which would provide $ 500 million federal grants to state and county fairs to offset financial losses from COVID-19.

The President of the International Trade Fair and Exhibition Association Marla Calico said: “After the pandemic was declared, fewer than two dozen agricultural fairs were allowed to operate in the United States in 2020. With around 2,000 state and regional fairs in normal times, it means over $ 4.57 billion in economic activity across the country and thousands of jobs lost in every corner of the country. The effects, especially on rural communities where the trade fair is the No. 1 economic engine, have been devastating. “

Bipartisan legislation was introduced by Congressmen Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., Billy Long, R-Mo., Mike Levin, D-Calif., And Dan Newhouse, R-Wash.

Queuing for USDA Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

President Joe Biden announced his intention to appoint Margo Schlanger as Assistant Secretary of State for Civil Rights at the USDA. Schlanger is a veteran civil rights attorney currently teaching at the University of Michigan Law School. Schlanger was the President-appointed Department of Homeland Security’s Civil Rights Officer in 2010 and 2011, and she also served as a litigator and senior litigator in the Justice Department’s civil rights division. Schlanger is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School. After studying law, she worked for two years as a trainee lawyer for the judge of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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