Abraham: Crop insurance cuts are 'assault' on farmers
U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham said congressional leaders conducted a back-room, late-night sweep of $3 billion in crop insurance subsidy funds he called "an assault on rural America" as part of the budget bill compromise.
Abraham, R-Alto, who sits on the House Agriculture Committee, said the $3 billion was taken without consulting the committee. He believes the cut would adversely affect availability and affordability of crop insurance.
The bill is scheduled to be voted on late today. Abraham said he will vote against it.
“This budget deal is an assault on rural America and the farmers who produce the food we all need to survive," Abraham said. "Crop insurance provides important protections to our farmers during difficult years, such as this year where we experienced both flooding and droughts.
"Congress can't allow this invaluable program to be gutted during a back-room deal. I will work alongside my agriculture colleagues on both sides of the aisle to defend rural Americans from this terrible policy decision.”
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