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DTN/The Progressive Farmer reports:

President George H.W. Bush's death and plans for him to lie in state at the Capitol with a funeral Wednesday at the National Cathedral are changing the schedule for both Congress and the executive branch of government this week, which is likely to affect the congressional schedule for the rest of the calendar year.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has announced Monday that there will be no votes in the House of Representatives this week due to the mourning and funeral for the late President George H.W. Bush.

Given the House schedule, it is not expected that the farm bill conference report will drop until early next week.

Congress needs to pass an appropriations bill covering several agencies including the Agriculture Department by Friday in order to keep those agencies open. President Donald Trump has been threatening to shut down the government if Congress does not fund the wall he wants on the border with Mexico.

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