Reps. O’Halleran, Bustos, Yarmuth, & Peterson Warn Against Impact of Trump’s Budget Cuts on Working Families, Rural America

March 17, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom O’Halleran, member of the Agriculture Committee, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy & Communications Committee, Congressman John Yarmuth, Ranking Member on the Budget Committee,  and Congressman Collin Peterson, Ranking Member on the Agriculture Committee today held a press conference highlighting the devastating impact President Trump’s FY2018 budget blueprint would have on hard-working American families, especially those living in rural America.

The blueprint calls for a 21 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which administers important programs and services to Americans in rural areas. The budget also calls for eliminating the water and wastewater loan and grant program, the TIGER grant program, Essential Air Service program, Rural Business Cooperative Service, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),  and Community Development Block Grants, which states use to pay for Meals on Wheels, and other initiatives that provide jobs and services for working families. Reps. O’Halleran, Bustos, and Peterson all represent largely rural districts, which were carried by Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

“The reality is our tribal communities face anywhere from 50 to 80 percent unemployment, wages are lower in rural America, and the types of programs that are being cut in this proposal would have a devastating impact on our tribal lands and rural areas,” said Congressman O’Halleran. “Rural Americans are tough. They have always given back to our country, and they deserve fairness and respect. What we see in this budget proposal is not fairness and respect, but rather, a complete disregard for the challenges our rural communities face.”

Video of today’s press conference can be found here.