But other Republicans, when pressed, declined to categorically reject the White House rescue package, even as they protested the Trump tariffs that are fueling a trade standoff with Canada, China, and European allies and denounced, conceptually, the use of federal subsidies to keep the agriculture industry afloat.

Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., had asked the administration to do something, emphasizing that soybean growers in his state have lost $600 million and that although support for Trump remains strong, his trade policies “are not working for them” and might not last the year if commodity prices continue to drop without a financial bridge.

“We’ve got some people who are on the tip of the spear right now,” Rounds said. “Even though we don’t like the idea of having an aid package, as opposed to trade, I think most producers would say: ‘We’ll take what we can get to get through this thing, but we really want to get this trade thing settled.’”