The new budget proposed by the Trump Administration would cut spending to the U.S. Department of Agriculture by about 20-percent, hitting programs from crop insurance to food stamps.
Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith says the cuts may not be balanced.
“Certainly, I would have my concerns about some of what I think would be perceived as unfair cuts,” Smith says. “I know that there have been significant cuts to crop insurance previously, for example.”
Smith, a Republican representing Nebraska’s Third District, says the cuts may make farm bill debate particularly difficult.
“We want to focus our discussion, perhaps, on a new farm bill,” Smith says, “but also realize that we shouldn’t balance the budget on the backs of folks who are already having a tough time.”
Smith says he will comb through the fine details of the president’s proposed budget.
“I’ll look at various proposals, one at a time, and look for solutions along the way,” he says.
The budget would cut SNAP, or food stamp spending, by more than $4-billion next year.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton