My friends in D.C. tell me it could have been worse. From the National Farmers Union.
House Budget Plan Wrong for Rural America
National Farmers Union President Dave Frederickson made the following statement following the U.S. House of Representativeâ€™s passage of its budget reconciliation legislation late last night:
â€œThe Houseâ€™s passage of nearly $4 billion in cuts to programs that benefit rural America is the wrong move at the wrong time. The representatives’ plan will make a bad situation out on the farm even worse.
â€œThese cuts will place a further burden on our farmers and ranchers who are already struggling due to low commodity prices, skyrocketing energy costs, and devastating weather conditions. Now is not the time to cut programs beneficial to our nationâ€™s producers and rural communities.
â€œThe House reconciliation legislation cuts $1.033 billion from the farm safety net for 2006 through 2010. It also makes $734 million in reductions in conservation spending. Farm spending makes up less than 1 percent of the federal budget, yet farmers and ranchers are required to take more than 9 percent of all federal spending reductions. Policymakers are placing a disproportionate share of the burden on rural America while proposing tax cuts for the nation’s wealthy.â€
The bill is headed for committee where it will get melded with the Senate’s version from last week.