Hoeven Statement on Government Funding Through December 20

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate passed legislation to keep the government funded through December 20, 2019. 

“We need to get full-year funding bills in place, instead of continuing to rely on extensions,” said Hoeven. “Our colleagues across the aisle need to work with us to advance full-year bills instead of continuing to block full-year funding for our military and other priorities. In the meantime, this funding extension enables us to continue to provide vital assistance to our agriculture producers and includes a measure I supported to prevent the loss of highway funding.”

Hoeven worked to ensure the legislation supported continued trade and disaster assistance for agriculture producers and other priorities, including:

  • Replenishing the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), which ensures that trade assistance payments under the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) are not blocked or delayed.
  • Preventing the rescission of $7.6 billion of unobligated federal highway funds under the FAST Act. Hoeven cosponsored legislation to repeal this rescission, ensuring states can benefit from this transportation infrastructure funding.