Today on the Hill: Lawmakers Set to Tackle Funding Deadlines for Key Programs

November 29, 2018

Congressional lawmakers are poised to address reauthorization for a series of key programs, including the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Farm Bill. Regarding NFIP, lawmakers have introduced a short-term funding bill that would extend the program until December 7, giving Congress more time to figure out a solution. Both chambers will need to pass the short-term extension prior to the NFIP’s deadline this Friday at midnight. With respect to the Farm Bill — which funds crop insurance, farm subsidies, and nutritional assistance — House and Senate Agriculture Committee Leadership have announced they have reached an “agreement in principle” on the bill. Compromise language has yet to be released as lawmakers finalize legal and report language and await Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scores.

On the floor, the Senate is expected to hold a final up-or-down vote on the nomination of Thomas Farr to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Following the vote on the Farr nomination, Senators will vote on motions to invoke cloture on the nominations of Jonathan Kobes to be US Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit and Kathy Kraninger to be Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). In addition to a vote on the short-term extension for NFIP, House lawmakers will consider six bills out of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee under suspension of the rules.