Congress rarely passes a budget on time these days. In fact, the last time Congress passed a budget on time was 25 years ago, in fiscal year 1997. With regular slim majorities, neither party usually has the 60 votes in the Senate to pass the 12 individual appropriations bills that are supposed to make up a spending bill.

To their credit, they keep trying. On Thursday, Representative Sanford Bishop (D-GA 4) hosted Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for a hearing on the 2023 budget request. Bishop is chair of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee and his committee plays a big part in approval of the budget request. Budget request hearings look a little different when the chairman of the hearing committee is of the same party as the president and Bishop took a few minutes to highlight the work of the USDA.   

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