House Ag Chairman Collin Peterson Slams White House Request for 15 Percent Cut to USDA BudgetMon, 11 Mar 2019 13:07:40 CDT
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota released the following statement in response to release today of the White Houseís FY2020 budget request, which calls for a 15 percent cut to USDA programs:
ďThe Presidentís budget request is a road map for how to make things worse for farmers, ranchers and those who live in rural communities: $26 billion in cuts to crop insurance; $9 billion in cuts to successful, voluntary conservation programs; $5 billion in cuts to Section 32 programs that help purchase commodities in times of need; $8 billion in cuts to programs that help ranchers recover grazing lands hurt by drought; yet another attempt to cut SNAP; elimination of the Rural Energy for America and Rural Economic Development programs and billions in other cuts.
"This proposal tells us one of two things: either the White House doesnít understand why these programs are important, or they donít care. Whatís more, all of these shortsighted cuts are second and third attempts to revisit policy proposals that were rejected in the farm bill negotiations. This budget was concocted by a bunch of ideologues who canít see whatís clearly going on in the farm economy.
"The good news is this budget is going nowhere in Congress, where the bipartisan farm bill passed with 369 votes.Ē
Source - The House Agriculture Committee
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