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Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Trump Administration Budget Cuts to Agriculture and Rural America

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 budget request. The proposal cuts the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by 16 percent, on top of cutting Farm Bill investments by $260 billion – a $30 billion increase in Farm Bill cuts from the previous year’s proposal.

“The Trump Administration’s budget proposal is out of touch with our farmers, families, and rural communities.

The proposed cuts to both the USDA and the Farm Bill would hurt American agriculture, neglect rural businesses, and leave families and seniors behind.  This is especially troubling given the state of the fragile rural economy. If taken seriously, this budget would make it impossible for Congress to pass a Farm Bill this year.

Our farmers and small towns can count on me to oppose these cuts and instead work to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill that supports our rural communities and families.”