The food supply in the United States is “as safe as it’s ever been,” Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf told Senate appropriators Thursday when questioned about the agency’s lack of action on food safety issues.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a fiscal 2022 spending bill for the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration that includes about $7 billion in disaster assistance and $700 million for USDA’s ReConnect program for rural broadband.
President Joe Biden today is proposing a $1.8 billion package of spending on child nutrition and other social needs that would be paid for in part by new taxes on inherited assets. The president’s plan promises to protect family-run farms from the new taxes as long as the farms stay in operation.
President Joe Biden wants to impose capital gains taxes on inherited assets, with promised protections for farms and other family-owned businesses that continue in operation. The change would help pay for a $1.8 trillion package of social benefits, including expanded child nutrition assistance, health insurance subsidies and free community college.
Restaurants across the country are working hard to get back to normal, farmers have lost valuable food service markets and a growing number of unemployed workers struggle to purchase food because of COVID-19.