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Democratic plan could block Trump’s tariff-aid payments to farmers

House Democrats are weighing a short-term spending plan that could temporarily freeze the Trump administration’s trade relief payments to farmers.

The House Appropriations Committee is circulating among members a draft continuing resolution that leaves out language requested by the White House to ensure that the Agriculture Department can continue distributing checks to farmers and ranchers burned by President Donald Trump’s trade war.

“The American people deserve a robust debate on the costs of the Trump trade war,” committee spokesperson Evan Hollander confirmed in an email. “The clean CR that House Democrats have circulated avoids partisan controversy, keeps the government open, and provides time for Congress to debate the trade war.”

Congress is expected to pass a continuing resolution this month to keep the government open after Sept. 30, when fiscal 2019 ends and current funding expires. Similar to last year, White House budget officials have asked lawmakers to include a provision in the bill that would keep the Commodity Credit Corporation from breaching its $30 billion borrowing limit in the coming months under the strain of the tariff relief payments.

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