Tom Presses Agriculture Secretary on Devastating Trump Budget and Job Cuts in NM
Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue about the Trump administration’s devastating proposed budget cuts to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs that benefit rural New Mexico and America, including deep cuts to rural development, food assistance, conservation, and research. During a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Udall questioned Perdue about the president’s proposal to slash $4.8 billion from the USDA budget—a massive 21 percent cut— and to cut the USDA staff by more than 5,200 personnel. Udall said the proposed cuts would be disastrous for rural economies in New Mexico and across the country.