“Our motto here at USDA is to ‘do right and feed everyone,’ ” Perdue said. “With this solution, I think we’ve got the ‘feed everyone’ part handled. And I believe that the plan we constructed takes care of the ‘do right’ part.”
USDA officials stopped short of saying the agency would go into its $3 billion contingency fund if an agreement is not made by March to fund the government.
As of Nov. 30, the most recent data available from DFCS, more than 1.5 million Georgians in 700,619 households were benefiting from food stamps. Households received an average of $268 a month, state officials said.
President Donald Trump and Congress have yet to reach an agreement on a spending bill. Trump has said the shutdown would last “as long as it takes” until Congress agrees to provide sufficient funding to construct a wall on the country’s southern border.
Democrats have refused to budge, with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying there is “no amount of persuasion” Trump could use to get her party members to agree to fund a wall along the border with Mexico.
“I call on the House and Senate to agree on appropriations legislation and to send it to President Trump in a form that he is able to sign,” Perdue said.
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