Monday , 25 September 2017

NEARLY 600 RURAL ORGANIZATIONS SIGNIFY OPPOSITION TO WHITE HOUSE PROPOSAL FOR USDA REORGANIZATION AND BUDGET REQUEST

Today, nearly 600 organizations sent a letter to Congress opposing the Administration’s proposal to eliminate the Under Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The letter also lamented draconian cuts to rural development programs in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget request that would severely impact people from economically distressed rural communities. Signatures came from organizations located all around the country, and included community development organizations; nonprofit housing developers; state and national trade associations; farmer and agriculture cooperatives; affordable housing organizations; city governments; universities; and tribal governments.  “Rural Development has a proven track record of success in providing targeted support in the form of technical assistance grants and direct financial assistance to America’s hardworking rural families,” said Bob Rapoza, executive secretary of the National Rural Housing Coalition. “Even so, rural Americans still face significant challenges to economic prosperity.” http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nearly-600-rural-organizations-signify-opposition-to-white-house-proposal-for-usda-reorganization-and-budget-request-in-advance-of-congressional-hearing-300472545.html

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