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217 Today: Congress looks to slash spending in 5-year farm bill renewal

The 2023 Farm Bill is estimated to cost more than $709 billion over the next five years, the most ever. And with a debt ceiling fight looming between Republicans and Democrats in Congress, it could be a tough year to get the omnibus bill passed.

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • Students marched across the University of Illinois campus on April 27 to highlight the importance of the undocumented community.
  • In talks to raise the debt ceiling, House Republicans have proposed cutting services for students with disabilities.
  • Illinois State Police said a series of accidents along Interstate 55 south of Springfield on Monday left at least six people dead and more than 30 others hurt.
  • Governor J.B. Pritzker said he is hopeful the City of Chicago will receive federal dollars in the coming weeks to aid asylum seekers.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn about the main parts of the big farm bill that Congress passes every five years

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood.  Reporting today contributed by Stephanie Mosqueda, Emily Hays, Camryn Cutinello, Sean Crawford and Xcaret Nuñez. 

Sydney Wood

Sydney Wood

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