January 24, 2020

The Budget and Agriculture: Details and Reactions

Categories: Audio /Budget


Kara Rowland, writing yesterday at The Washington Times Online, reported that, “Top Democrats and Republicans are already shooting down President Obama’s plan to cut farm subsidies, dealing a blow to one of the cost-savings promises he laid out in his congressional address Tuesday night.

“‘We’ll have to see what specifically the president is talking about, but we just finished the farm bill last year, and I don’t think we’ll open it up,’ said Rep. Collin C. Peterson, Minnesota Democrat and chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

“Likewise, the ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, said the farm bill, which lasts for five years, ‘should not be changed midstream.’

“‘I believe it is premature to make any sweeping changes to the makeup of the farm safety net before we have even had the chance to implement the current farm bill,’ said Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia.”