Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack pushed back against Republican criticism of spending under the SNAP program and from the Commodity Credit Corp. at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing Thursday focused on the farm bill.
Congressional Republicans are weighing how to rein in the soaring cost of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and may use a recent GAO report to argue for restricting how USDA determines future updates.
As Congress begins to craft the 2023 Farm Bill, USDA Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics Chavonda Jacobs-Young explained the need to invest in research infrastructure and workforce development and make research more digestible and usable to agricultural producers.
The top Republican on the Senate Ag Committee wants the Department of Agriculture to show how it spent $11 billion in funding designed to help producers weather the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pushed back Wednesday against criticism of the White House hunger conference from key Republicans on Capitol Hill and touted more than $8 billion in private sector commitments to address hunger and nutrition needs.