Trump's Budget Blueprints Signal Need for Perdue Confirmation

March 17, 2017 12:29 PM
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Lawmakers and stakeholders are sifting through the President Trump’s budget blueprint, getting an idea of the administration’s priorities.

President Trump unveiled his $1.1 trillion “America First” budget. In Washington, it’s called “Skinny” budget because it does not go into great detail about funding for each department in fiscal year 2018.

The administration says a more detailed version of the spending plan will come out in May.

Since Congress actually controls the budget, the president’s budget helps spell out the priorities for his administration. In this case, it cuts funding to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but it increases military and homeland security spending.

For agriculture, Trump’s spending plan allocates less than $18 billion for the USDA, representing a 21 percent reduction from the 2017 budget.

To hit the reduced level, the administration would use a mix of spending cuts and staff reductions. Spending on food stamps and crop subsidies are safe for now, but some jobs at Farm Service Agency (FSA) and local USDA offices could be at risk.

Washington watchers say with budgets rolling out, it’s important to get leadership in place at the USDA.

“I think we don’t really know what USDA will have in terms of a budget proposal,” said Mary Kay Thatcher, senior director of congressional relations with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). “I feel strongly that Secretary Perdue will be a strong advocate for ag trade. We need not only a secretary, but a deputy and lots of undersecretaries there sooner rather than later.”

Purdue’s paperwork has made it to the Senate Agriculture Committee. He is scheduled for a hearing on March 23.

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Spell Check

three 40'S
cokato, MN
3/20/2017 07:22 AM

  i find it appalling that even though the farmers are only 2 percent of the business end of this economy, that the current and past administrations blow us off, think about it, this whole world has interaction with us at least 3 times per day or put it this way every time some one puts something in there mouth to chew on. food and defense should be should be held to a higher standard in this usa! people forget food is real and so are the people that provide for them. maybe less concern on investors and get back to basics and alot of the problems will correct themselves. I could go on but have to go and fiqure out how i am going o pay for health insurance!


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