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Projected USDA Budget Cuts

03/07/2019

The White House has informed the Secretary of Agriculture that reductions in spending will be required in the 2020 budget. It is noted that Congress rejected previous reductions. The President will have to rely once again on the agricultural community for support in his reelection campaign.

The obvious area to reduce USDA expenditures relates to the SNAP program and related entitlements. Previously the Administration proposed restrictions on eligibility for recipients that were excluded in the final bill.

On Wednesday 27th, Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Sonny Perdue was met with skepticism by Democratic member of the House who demanded proof that the Administration plan was workable. The majority noted that if SNAP benefits were reduced to more than 700,000 recipients, litigation would ensue since it was not the intent of Congress to implement the White House proposal to reduce benefits and modify eligibility.