House Ag Committee chair critical of Trump budget

The chairman of the House Agriculture Committee calls President Trump’s budget request “a roadmap for how to make things worse for farmers.

Minnesota Democrat Collin Peterson says in a statement the proposal tells us one of two things: either the White House doesn’t understand why these programs are important, or they don’t care.

He adds the 15 percent cuts to USDA programs are short-sighted and concocted by a bunch of ideologues who can’t see what’s going on in the farm economy.

Peterson says the good news is Trump’s budget is going nowhere in Congress, where the bipartisan farm bill passed with 369 votes.

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