President Joe Biden announced that his administration has acquired around $8 billion in funds for ending hunger in the United States by the year 2030.
The money comes from public and private entities, Biden said during the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, and is sponsored by some really big names. Hy-Vee, Meijer, Publix, Google, Warner Bros. Discovery, Doordash and other familiar names such as Chobani. He opened the conference with the news, claiming that over 100 organizations sponsored the effort.
“We’re announcing over $8 billion in commitments from over 100 different organizations to help reach our goals,” he explained. “That’s why we’re here today, to harness our greatest resource: Our fellow Americans. Everyone, everyone has an important role to play.”
The last sitting president to hold a similar conference was Richard Nixon in 1969, which proved to be a fundamental influence on American food policy for the next half-century.
The Food and Drug Administration noted that 10% of United States homes suffered from food insecurity in 2021, perhaps due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic destruction caused by shutdowns used by the government in a desperate attempt to contain the virus.
However, while the funds may be there, the support from Congress is still another hurdle the Biden White House will have to navigate. Some of the proposed policy expansions including SNAP eligibility and free school meal funding would require congressional approval. If Republicans take over even one chamber during the midterms, convincing everyone from both parties to get on board may be an insurmountable obstacle.
It was at this same event that Biden appeared to look for late Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski, who tragically passed away in August as the result of a car accident.
“I want to thank all of you here, including bipartisan elected officials like … Senator Braun, Senator Booker, Representative … Jackie, Jackie are you here?” Biden asked. “I think she was going to be here to help make this a reality.”
“She must not be here,” he said before moving on.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 28, 2022
Naturally, this led to a lot of questions that White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre appeared to have some trouble answering.
Her excuse for Biden’s tragic gaffe is that the president appeared to have Walorski at “top of mind” on Wednesday, though that doesn’t really explain why he thought she would be in the room.
“We always share the remarks that the president had … not really sure what that has to do with anything. I just answered the question about her being on top of mind,” Jean-Pierre explained.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 29, 2022
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