PRESIDENT'S BUDGET MAINTAINS $73.5 BILLION FARM BILL COMMITMENT
Ag Chairman Combest notes USDA support for House funding approach
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest (R-Texas) welcomed the President's strong commitment to full farm bill funding in the coming year's budget proposal released Monday. In particular, Ag Chairman Combest noted the President's Budget tracks the House-passed farm bill funding approach of consistent levels of support that will equal the 10-year, $73.5 billion increased commitment. The President's budget rejects front-loading funding in the first five years that would shortchange the remaining five-year farm bill commitment.
"President Bush has stood by his commitment to agriculture in his budget, and he makes clear that the next farm bill will not be shortchanged, front-loaded or mortgaged against the full ten years of funding. Farmers can be assured that both the
House farm bill and the President's Budget call for consistent funding - whether that seed money comes in a ten-pound sack or two five-pound bags, it will be all there," said Combest. "It is my hope that the President's budget will expedite the new farm bill."