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Congresswoman Cheri Bustos of Illinois, Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy & Communications Committee, Congressman John Yarmuth, Ranking Member on the Budget Committee,  Congressman Collin Peterson, Ranking Member on the Agriculture Committee, and Congressman Tom O’Halleran of Arizona today held a press conference highlighting the devastating impact President Trump’s FY2018 budget blueprint would have on hard-working American families, especially those living in rural America.


The blueprint calls for a 21 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which administers important programs and services to Americans in rural areas. The budget also calls for eliminating the water and wastewater loan and grant program, the TIGER grant program, Essential Air Service program, Rural Business Cooperative Service, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),  and Community Development Block Grants, which states use to pay for Meals on Wheels, and other initiatives that provide jobs and services for working families. Reps. Bustos, Peterson and O’Halleran all represent largely rural districts, which were carried by Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

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