Lincoln Lobbies Committee to Keep Current Farm Spending Levels

MARCH 4, 2005 - Posted at 4:51 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln says she and a bipartisan group of her colleagues oppose President Bush's proposed cuts in farm and commodity programs.

The Democrat from Arkansas says she and fellow senators wrote to leaders of the Senate Budget Committee to support keeping the current farm program spending levels.  She says the proposed cuts place a disproportionate burden on farmers to reduce the federal deficit.

The letter was sent to committee Chairman Judd Gregg, a Republican from New Hampshire, and to Senator Kent Conrad, a Democrat from North Dakota, who is the ranking member on the committee.

When Bush released his proposed budget last month, Lincoln was particularly critical of cuts to agriculture programs, education, economic development, rural health care and rural law enforcement.

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