Senate Covid Relief Bill Earmarks $5 Million For USDA ‘Equity Commissions’

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) talks on the phone after the third day of former US President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial before the Senate on Capitol Hill February 11, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Democrats rested their impeachment case against Donald Trump on February 11, saying he …

The massive $1.9 trillion spending package being considered by the Senate includes over $1 billion for “socially disadvantaged farmers” and $5 million for commissions to study racial equity issues inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Critics of the bill have said it spends too much money on issues unrelated to the pandemic or its economic fallout.

President Biden has challenged critics to identify things that could be cut.

“Now, critics say the plan is too big, that it costs too much.  But let me ask a rhetorical question: What would you have me cut?  What would you have me cut out?” Biden said on February 25.

The text of the bill was posted Thursday by CNN.


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