The Biden administration Friday submitted to Congress its proposed fiscal year 2022 budget, which includes funding for broadband, nutrition assistance, climate and research.
“The president’s budget gives USDA a new set of tools to address the urgent challenges of our time — racial injustice, a changing climate, and hunger," said Tom Vilsack, USDA secretary. "When we invest fairly and equitably in American families and communities, we lay the foundation for decades of American prosperity."
Specifically, the budget requests $700 million for the USDA ReConnect loan and grant program to provide broadband access for rural residents.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children would receive $6.7 billion.
The budget increases funding for climate smart agriculture, climate resilience and clean energy by nearly $1.5 billion, according to USDA.
Lastly, the budget requests $4 billion for USDA's research, education and outreach programs.
The budget also includes the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan.
The submitted budget is just a proposal and will still need to go through congressional process and approval.