The House Agriculture Committee advanced a $16 billion budget reconciliation bill Wednesday. There’s $4 billion in the proposal to respond to the pandemic’s impact on the food supply chain and another $1 billion to help black and minority farmers with financial training and access to land. House Ag Committee Chairman David Scott said farmers aren’t the only ones who need help. “We gave the previous administration nearly $50 billion to help the farm economy. The population we’re trying to assist now didn’t benefit.” Republicans wanted to spend money already allocated first. “This committee hasn’t had a hearing on the USDA’s COVID response and the programs developed,” said Glenn G.T. Thompson, ranking member, House Ag Committee. “We don’t know what the new needs are and if we’re meeting them with this package.”
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