US Democrats and Republicans reached a deal yesterday on how the government should spend money through December 11 this year. The current funding plan expires in just eight days. Now, funding has been agreed with tens of billions of dollars’ worth of government money allocated for farmer subsidies.
However, the legislation still needs the support of the president himself, as well as the Republican-controlled Senate, in order to be passed into law.
In the temporary agreement reached yesterday, almost $8 billion was allocated to helping low-income families feed their children.
Meanwhile, rules were strengthened to prevent the ‘misuse’ of existing funds.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement: “We have reached an agreement with Republicans on the Continuing Resolution to add nearly $8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for hungry schoolchildren and families.
“We also increase accountability in the Commodity Credit Corporation, preventing funds for farmers from being misused for a Big Oil bailout.
“To help the millions of families struggling to keep food on the table during the pandemic, Democrats have renewed the vital, expiring lifeline of Pandemic EBT for a full year and enabled our fellow Americans in the territories to receive this critical nutrition assistance.”
They passed the threshold needed for the measure to go through by a margin of 359 to 57.
Social media users were dubious on why officials had passed the government funding measures so quickly.
One Twitter user accused the Democrats – effectively the US opposition – of “making Trump’s life so easy.”
One said: “Why do the Democrats keep cooperating and following norms while the GOP does not? I know it’s the ‘right thing to do’, but it’s super frustrating watching them be so cautious.”
Others questioned why there were no stimulus cheques for the US public included in the bill amid the coronavirus pandemic, with one accusing them of “only funding themselves”.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump is due to announce his nominee for the new justice of the US Supreme Court by the end of this week.
The former justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, died last week aged 87. US Supreme Court justices serve for life.
Justice Ginsberg was known for championing liberal causes during her 27-year role.
Mr Trump is pressing to place a conservative candidate as the new Supreme Court justice before the November election.