U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement on the budget proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan:
"The budget proposed in the House today is irresponsible and undermines one of the few sectors in our economy that is growing and creating jobs. We must reduce the deficit in all areas of the budget, including agriculture, but we must do that in a way that does not hurt the economy. Last year, the House and Senate Agriculture Committees developed bipartisan proposals to consolidate programs and make them more cost-effective, saving billions while still strengthening key priorities to help agriculture continue to grow. This budget as proposed does nothing to strengthen production agriculture. Instead, it will hurt families and America's economy at a time when we need to be creating jobs."