S. Con. Res. 5, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2021, instructed several committees of the House of Representatives to recommend legislative changes that would increase deficits up to a specified amount over the 2021-2030 period. As part of this reconciliation process, the House Committee on Agriculture approved legislation on February 10, 2021, with a number of provisions that would increase deficits.
Subtitle A would appropriate an estimated $10.4 billion for measures intended to strengthen the food supply chain, purchase and distribute agricultural commodities, increase health care capacity in lower-income rural areas and other efforts to address the pandemic. Also included are provisions that would provide debt relief for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers and establish new programs to support socially disadvantaged groups in agriculture.
Subtitle B would extend increased SNAP benefits through September 30, 2021, and provides administrative and technology support for SNAP, as well as increased funding to other nutrition programs.