U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today issued the following statement regarding the plan issued by Senate Democrats to address the across-the-board spending cuts--or sequester--that will take effect on March 1. The plan recommends $27.5 billion in cuts from the agriculture sector and another $27.5 billion in defense savings.
"I'm disappointed that the Senate Democratic sequester package falls squarely on the backs of our defense and agriculture sectors. I understand that this is a political messaging bill, and I think it's unfair and unfortunate that the entire federal government looks to agriculture and national defense to pay for its debt. I look forward to working collaboratively with members of both parties to address the challenges facing the nation."