Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Highlights How President Trump’s Budget Hurts Rural America

Bustos: “This budget proves President Trump is breaking his promise to the hardworking men and women of America’s heartland”

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee and member of the House Agriculture Committee, highlighted the many ways President Trump’s budget will damage the economy and hurt hardworking families from small towns, farms and rural communities across our nation.

Congresswoman Bustos issued the following statement:

“This budget proves President Trump is breaking his promise to the hardworking men and women of America’s heartland. Instead of laying out a real strategy to create jobs and grow the economy across rural America, President Trump has introduced a budget that will do the exact opposite by making some of his deepest cuts to the Department of Agriculture.

 “His cuts to rural economic development funding will mean lost jobs and fewer opportunities for small town Americans. His decision to slash federal dollars for roads, bridges, airports and water infrastructure will ensure that thousands of hardworking men and women are left behind. President Trump is choosing to damage our agricultural economy by making it harder for our growers and producers to sell their crops by cutting agricultural research, market data collection, and closing local offices across rural America.

 “During the campaign, President Trump promised to stand up for family farmers and make meaningful investments in our infrastructure, but once again he is proving that it doesn’t matter what he says, it matters what he does. We absolutely need to make government more efficient and cut costs where it makes sense, but we need to do it in a way that puts hardworking families first. That is the exact opposite of what President Trump’s budget does.”

Throughout the election, President Trump said that “family farms are the backbone of this country” and that he was going to “end this war on the American farmer.” Contrary to that promise, Trump’s budget proposal will slash the Department of Agriculture by 21 percent – making the USDA the third most damaged major federal agency after the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department.

President Trump also promised ”we will build the roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports and the railways of tomorrow. This, in turn, will create millions of more jobs” – that’s the exact opposite of cutting Department of Transportation funding.