WASHINGTON, D.C. (KNWA) — The House of Representatives is on recess for the month of August and senators have also headed home for at least a week and a half.
When lawmakers return from recess they will have only a few working days to approve the budget, with or without the border wall.
Then there’s the farm bill, which sets farm policy and provides a financial safety net for the nation’s beleaguered farmers.
It also provides nutrition assistance for low income Americans.
This bill expires at the end of September.
The problem is the House and Senate passed different versions of the bill.
“If we’re not able to reach an agreement early in September, I think the likelihood is that we will provide a one year extension,” said California Representative Jim Costa (D).
The Republican house bill adds substantial work requirements for Americans who receive government food assistance known as Food Stamps or SNAP.
The bipartisan Senate bill did not make the changes to SNAP.
Lawmakers will try to hash out a compromise farm bill after recess.