House Passes USDA Funding Bill, but White House Opposes it

OMB added, “Such provisions would degrade the ability of USDA to move more families forward, provide equitable treatment across state lines, and effectively target program resources to households most in need. This is particularly concerning as the ABAWD rule moves work-capable adults toward and into employment while providing appropriate flexibility based on local circumstances.”

Perhaps in recognition of the fact that the Senate has not acted on appropriations bills and that final legislation would require Senate-House agreement, the statement did not threaten a veto but concluded, “The administration looks forward to working with Congress to address these concerns as the FY21 appropriations process moves forward.”

The U.S. consulate in Chengdu that the Chinese government said today must close includes a Foreign Agricultural Service post.

China has insisted on the closure of the Chengdu consulate in retaliation for U.S. demands that China close its consulate in Houston.

A spokesperson for FAS said in an email, “FAS is coordinating with our U.S. government colleagues to close our Agricultural Trade Office in Chengdu by the Monday morning deadline, and we are working to ensure continued coverage of the region via our offices elsewhere in China.”

FAS maintains agricultural trade offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenyang as well as a policy office in the embassy in Beijing.

Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at [email protected]

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