In this file:
· WaPo: Trump proposes $4.7 trillion budget with domestic cuts, $8.6 billion in new funding for border wall
· Brownfield: Trump budget plan would limit crop insurance, cut programs
· USDA: Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Budget Proposal
· NFU: President’s Budget Yet Again Neglects Severity of Farm Economy
· House Ag GOP: Conaway Statement on the President’s FY2020 Budget Proposal
· Brownfield: House Ag Committee chair critical of Trump budget
· NSAC: President’s Budget Puts Agriculture Back on the Chopping Block, Facing $2 Billion in cut services
Trump proposes $4.7 trillion budget with domestic cuts, $8.6 billion in new funding for border wall
By Damian Paletta Erica Werner and Jeff Stein, The Washington Post
Mar 11, 2019
President Trump proposed a $4.7 trillion budget plan Monday that stands as a sharp challenge to Congress and the Democrats trying to unseat him in 2020, the first act in a multi-front struggle over the role of government that threatens to consume Washington for the next 18 months.
The plan would dramatically expand spending on programs and initiatives popular with Republicans, such as $750 billion in new defense spending and $8.6 billion for barriers on the Mexico border. At the same time, it would slash spending on Medicaid, food stamps, environmental protection, and a range of other programs that Democratic presidential candidates vowed to protect and expand.
The budget proposal ran into an immediate buzzsaw on Capitol Hill, where many Democrats flatly rejected it and even some Republicans sought to distance themselves from key details.
And the demand for $8.6 billion for a border wall, less than two months after a 35-day shutdown paralyzed much of Washington, raised the possibility that there could be an even more dramatic impasse if a spending deal isn’t reached by the end of September.
The budget plan sets up a contrast with Trump’s 2020 Democratic rivals for the White House, proposing to shrink spending on social programs at a time when many of his challengers are promising to radically expand it.
Top White House officials acknowledged that lawmakers routinely dismiss these budget proposals, but they signaled a willingness on Monday to fight harder this year than they have in the past.
“We need to continue to secure the country,” said White House Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought. “We need to continue to secure the border. We’re not going to be bashful about that. But at the same time, we’re also going to say that we have many, many programs that are wasteful and inefficient that we can no longer afford.”
Trump’s “Budget for a Better America” features dozens of spending cuts and policy overhauls...
... The administration’s budget also revives its push for an infrastructure bill, asking for $200 billion in federal dollars over 10 years, which it says will lead to $1 trillion in federal, state, and private spending on roads, housing, ports, and other investments...
Trump budget plan would limit crop insurance, cut programs
By Larry Lee, Brownfield
March 11, 2019
A White House document shows areas where President Trump is proposing to cut USDA spending. The budget proposal would limit ag commodity payments and crop insurance eligibility to farmers with less than 500-thousand dollars in adjusted gross income. The plan would also limit crop insurance premium subsidies.
Trump also proposed capping crop insurance underwriting gains, establishing user fees for the Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. User fees would also begin for the Agricultural Marketing Service and the Packers and Stockyards Program.
The White House also proposes eliminating some programs as part of it’s 15% USDA budget cut. The Rural Economic Development Program, interest payments to utilities, and lower-priority farm bill programs are on the President’s chopping block.
Many of Trump’s proposals have been defeated by Congress before and are seeing opposition within his own party now...
Secretary Perdue Statement on President Trump’s Budget Proposal
Source: USDA Office of Communications
(March 11, 2019, Washington D.C.) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after President Trump submitted his FY 2020 budget proposal to Congress:
“Our economy is booming, and unemployment is the lowest it’s been in decades. While the agriculture community still faces challenges, the Trump economy is creating new opportunities for all Americans to thrive,” said Secretary Perdue. “President Trump’s budget is fiscally conservative and lays out a vision for an accountable federal government that cuts spending. With our national debt soaring to over $22 trillion, we can no longer kick the can down the road. The time to act is now and USDA will actively do its part in reducing federal spending. We are stewards of other people’s money and must be diligent in spending it more carefully than we would our own when it comes to delivering our programs. At the same time, we will maintain a safety net for farmers, ranchers, foresters, producers, and people who need assistance in feeding their families.”
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President’s Budget Yet Again Neglects Severity of Farm Economy
Source: National Farmers Union (NFU)
May 11, 2019
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump today revealed his proposed fiscal year 2020 budget, proposing cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies in order to increase spending on a proposed border wall and defense initiatives.
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said the proposal continues the administration’s disturbing trend of neglect for the welfare of farm families across the United States:
“There is a very clear disconnect between President Trump’s priorities and the economic realities facing family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Despite the rapid decline in the farm economy, additional damages from self-inflicted trade disruptions, increasing demand for credit, overloaded farm hotlines, and deteriorating infrastructure in rural communities, the White House today called for significant cuts to the one department tasked with serving farm families, rural residents and those struggling with food insecurity.”
“Passing the 2018 Farm Bill was an important, bipartisan accomplishment. Rather than turning right around and proposing cuts to farm programs, the President should be working to build on that success by providing needed additional support for family farmers and ranchers.
“For three years now, President Trump has been calling for cuts to important programs within USDA. Yet for the third straight year, a majority of American farmers and ranchers are expected to lose money farming. Major relief is needed to weather these tough times in agriculture. It’s time the President’s policy proposals and rhetoric acknowledge the financial pain in farm country.”
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Conaway Statement on the President’s FY2020 Budget Proposal
Source: House Committee on Agriculture Republicans
via Oklahoma Farm Report - 11 Mar 2019
House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) offered the following statement on the president’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal:
“I commend President Trump for proposing a budget that prioritizes our military and the safety of our nation after devastating cuts under the Obama Administration. It’s critical that we provide our servicemembers with the resources and support they need to successfully execute their missions, and the president’s budget does just that.
“In his budget, the president honors the commitments we have made to our veterans and delivers on his promise to secure our nation's borders while also allowing hard-working Americans to keep more of what they earn by requiring our nation to tighten its belt.
“On agriculture, as the president knows, the farm safety net accounts for less than a quarter of one percent—a rounding error by Washington standards. So when the chips are down we must keep our promise to farmers and ranchers and rural America made under the five-year farm bill, and I fully expect the president to be onboard.
“I think the biggest danger facing farmers and ranchers and rural America right now is the politics being played by Democrats on passage of the USMCA...
House Ag Committee chair critical of Trump budget
By Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield
March 11, 2019
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...
President’s Budget Puts Agriculture Back on the Chopping Block, Facing $2 Billion in cut services
Source: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
via Oklahoma Farm Report - Mar 11, 2019
Seemingly unphased by Congress’ resounding rejection of his previously proposed budget cuts to agriculture spending, today the President recommended $2.2 billion (a roughly ten percent cut compared to FY 2019 enacted levels) in cuts to federal food and farm programs as part of his FY 2020 budget proposal. Although the President’s “skinny budget” is historically light on details, there are a few specifics of note:
- Slashes funding for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, USDA’s only farmer-driven agriculture research program, in half.
- Cuts funding for the Food Safety Outreach Program in half, just as the first wave of Food Safety Modernization Act inspections are beginning for the nation’s produce farmers.
- Eliminates the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program.
- Cuts funding for Conservation Technical Assistance by $71 million (ten percent).
- Recommends a $75 million increase for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) compared to FY 2019, and an additional $100 million to address aging research infrastructure.
- Proposes $25 million will be needed to relocate the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture; a plan widely opposed by food and farm groups, including the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC).
- Reintroduces the Harvest Box proposal, which was widely criticized by anti-hunger and food access organizations when it was first floated in the President’s FY 2019 budget.
The proposal also makes several recommendations that would require policy changes and/or affect farm bill mandatory spending, including:
- Eliminates the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), America’s only comprehensive working lands conservation program, and makes cuts to mandatory farm bill funding for other conservation programs.
- Cuts $17 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- Reforms to federal crop insurance and commodity programs, including: reduction of the average premium subsidy for crop insurance from 62 percent to 48 percent; limiting commodity, conservation, and crop insurance subsidies to those producers that have an Adjusted Gross Income of $500,000 or less; capping underwriting gains at 12 percent; tightening commodity payment limits, including eliminating the separate payment limit for peanut producers and limiting eligibility for commodity subsidies to one manager per farm.
“While the budget released today doesn’t give us all the details on the President’s priorities for FY 2020, the $2.2 billion in cuts targeted to agriculture and food programs sends a clear message that America’s farmers and rural communities don’t make the list” said NSAC Senior Policy Specialist Wes King...