01/30/2019 - The federal government's partial shutdown was ended late last week with a three-week continuing resolution that expires February 15. Congress agreed to negotiate Department of Homeland Security spending and finalize funding appropriations for the remaining six additional agencies before then.
The Department of Agriculture will begin implementing the recently passed Farm Bill, which was halted by the partial shutdown, according to agency officials.
The bill to reopen the government contains a provision that will allow 39 million SNAP recipients to receive benefits through April, regardless of whether funding agreements are reached by the February 15 deadline.
It is unclear if USDA would use this to continue benefit payouts if another shutdown occurs.