Groups urge legislators to avoid farm bill cuts in budget talks

Groups urge legislators to avoid farm bill cuts in budget talks

Nearly 400 groups urge Senate and House Budget Committee leaders to avoid re-opening any farm bill titles

A coalition of nearly 400 organizations this week sent a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate and House Budget Committees urging them to avoid additional cuts to the 2014 Farm Bill.

The letter underscored the amount of time it took to arrive at a final deal and the cuts already in effect due to sequestration.

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"The 2014 Farm Bill … ultimately ended with the consolidation of over 100 programs and cuts to mandatory spending across many titles, including the elimination of the direct payment program," the letter said.

Nearly 400 groups urge Senate and House Budget Committee leaders to avoid re-opening any farm bill titles

The letter noted that the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill was estimated to contribute $23 billion to deficit reduction over 10 years, when including sequestration.

"These difficult cuts were made across the farm safety net, conservation programs, and nutrition programs," the letter said.

The letter's signatories underscored their united opposition to re-opening any title of the farm bill during the consideration of the 2016 Budget Resolution and urged both chambers to refrain from including reconciliation instructions to the respective committees with oversight duties for the farm bill.

"The 2014 Farm Bill was a great victory for America's family farmers and ranchers, because it provided them with much-needed stability and also a huge win for taxpayers who will realize real savings from the budget cuts made by the legislation," National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson said. "The Farm Bill has been debated and passed, and should be left alone."

Source: NFU

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