Farm bill renewal faces Washington roadblock
SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is facing a Saturday deadline to avoid a government shutdown.
Oklahoma Senator, Markwayne Mullin says, "Congress always waits till the deadline and we seem to work something out."
A major farm bill hangs in the balance. The legislation includes insurance for crops, loans for farmers, and funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that helps low-income families.
The last farm bill was passed in 2018 and is renewed every five years, but disagreements between Republicans and Democrats mean the bill has yet to pass through Congress.
Senator Mullin believes Congress will fall back on the previous bill due to financial concerns.
"I feel what is probably going to happen is we're going to renew the 2018 farm bill that we have right now."
Grayson County farmer Bill White is worried about what could happen to his crops if the farm bill is delayed.
"We just got our fingers crossed that they will figure it out," he said. "I just hope they figure something out and sign it."
Oklahoma Republican Sen. Markwayne Mullin believes the passage of this bill will be delayed; if he is correct, consideration could be pushed back to December.
"We got to put the money aside and make sure the funding is going to be adequate for what we're voting on," Mullin says.