The federal government’s remaining FY2011 budget was still undetermined Friday, with a government shutdown fewer than 10 hours away if no solution is found.
As of 3 p.m., negotiations continued, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and President Barack Obama having met multiple times in recent days. The current continuing resolution funding government programs expires at the end of the day Friday.
There are differing reports on the sticking points, with some press accounts saying the principals have agreed to cut $38 billion and a rider on Planned Parenthood funding is holding up the process, while other reports claim the principals haven’t yet agreed on a final cut amount.
If a shutdown is not averted by a broad agreement or another continuing resolution, an estimated 800,000 federal government employees would be furloughed and services ranging from passport processing to tax refunds would be shut down.
Large parts of USDA’s function, including Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and many extension offices, would shut their doors. Significant agriculture research done at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) would also generally halt.
Essential services including food inspections and market regulation would continue, however.
NAWG will continue to follow the budget developments and update state associations as appropriate through all channels.