04/09/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/09/2021 09:58
President Outlines Proposals to Invest in Rural Communities, Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change, and Restore Support for American Agriculture
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2021 - The Biden-Harris Administration today submitted to Congress the President's priorities for fiscal year 2022 discretionary spending. The funding request invests in the core foundations of our country's strength and advances key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) priorities, including economic development and growth in rural America, maintaining support for American agriculture, rebuilding scientific expertise in our agencies, aiding in an all-of-government approach to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and supporting a strong safety net to address hunger and nutrition insecurity.
'The President's budget provides the resources to build back better, stronger, and more resilient and equitably than ever before,' said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. 'This is our moment to solve big challenges by acting boldly-to close the broadband gap facing rural America; to work with farmers, ranchers and producers to transform our nation's food system and build new markets here and abroad; to protect and manage our nation's forests and grasslands from catastrophic wildfires; and to ensure Americans have access to healthy and nutritious food. The President's budget commits to building back better and USDA is at heart of that historic commitment.'
The President's FY22 discretionary request:
These discretionary investments reflect only one element of the President's broader agenda. In the coming months, the Administration will release a Budget that will build on this discretionary funding request and detail a comprehensive fiscal vision for the Nation that reinvests in America, supports future growth and prosperity, meets U.S. commitments, and does so in a fiscally sustainable way. For more information on the President's FY22 discretionary funding request, please visit: www.whitehouse.gov/omb/fy-2022-discretionary-request.
USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America's food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, ensuring access to healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate, smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.
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