Monday , 25 September 2017

AGRICULTURE LEADERS SLAM TRUMP’S USDA BUDGET CUT PROPOSAL

Agriculture leaders including lawmakers from President Donald Trump’s Republican Party on Thursday criticized his planned 21 percent cut to discretionary spending at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), saying it could take a toll on the rural communities that helped elect him last November. Trump has proposed slashing the USDA’s discretionary budget by $4.7 billion to $17.9 billion by halting funding for rural clean water initiatives and rural business services, reducing some USDA statistical services and cutting county-level staff. “I strongly oppose the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts to programs that are critical to farmers, ranchers and families in small towns across America,” Debbie Stabenow, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Trump’s blueprint aims to save $498 million by eliminating a program that helps fund clean water and sewer systems in small communities. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-budget-agriculture-idUSKBN16N0CS

 

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