WASHINGTON — Congress on Friday sent President Reagan a $1-billion money bill to temporarily pay for crop support loans to farmers, raising prospects that the suspended program could reopen for business early this week.
But even with the action, the aid to farmers could dry up again by the end of the month if lawmakers do not push through more supplemental money, officials warned.
The emergency appropriations bill sped through Congress in less than 24 hours once it reached the House floor. It cleared the Senate on Friday with no debate and was approved by unanimous consent to avoid a time-consuming roll call vote.
The Administration is expected to sign the legislation and, if that occurs over this weekend, farmers could begin to receive loan checks for their crops as early as Monday, said John Ochs, a spokesman for Agriculture Secretary John Block.