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Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Trump Administration Budget

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s fiscal year 2021 budget proposal. The Administration calls for a $21.8 billion cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), on top of a $239 billion cut to Farm Bill investments.

“After three years of consistent cuts, the Trump Administration has continued to neglect agriculture and rural America. While farmers are struggling with uncertainty, the President is once again slashing crop insurance and conservation tools that help producers address the climate crisis. 

“Despite promises to revitalize rural communities, the Administration’s budget fails to fully fund investments in high-speed internet and zeroes out support for rural small businesses. Additionally, the Administration continues to make callous and unworkable proposals to cut food assistance for families, even though Congress has rejected them on a bipartisan basis.

“I will oppose these cuts. Instead, I will work hard to make sure our nation’s budget invests in our farmers, families, and rural communities.”