NFU Says Ryan Budget Bad for Rural America
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says the budget proposed by House Budget Chairman Paul ryan is unrealistic and ill-advised. He says the fiscal year 2014 budget proposal would cut 31-billion dollars from farm programs - on top of the reductions that have already come by way of the farm bill extension and the sequester. Johnson says the proposal will also turn the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program into block grants for states. Noting the House Ag Committee passed a farm bill that would have cut 16-billion and the Senate passed a farm bill will a four-billion dollar cut - Johnson says the depth of the cuts appear to be similar to last year's House budget proposal - which totaled 134-billion dollars. Johnson says agriculture is willing to do its fair share for deficit reduction. But he says these projected cuts to farm bill programs are many times larger than proportionate and will likely make it impossible to pass a five-year farm bill.
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