Lincoln Critical of Bush Administration's Policies on Rural America

FEBRUARY 9, 2007 - Posted at 11:03 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln today said President Bush's FY 2008 budget request to Congress does not reflect a strong commitment to the people of rural America.

Lincoln, Chair of Rural Outreach for the Senate Democratic Caucus, released her third annual report analyzing the impact of the President's budget proposals on rural America.  Lincoln's "Rural Report Card" highlights seven areas where the President plans to cut deep into programs important to the quality of life in rural America: health care, education, law enforcement, economic development, agriculture, Social Security and veterans.

"Unfortunately, the President has once again sent Congress a budget which relies too heavily on working families and small businesses in rural America to make sacrifices, while at the same time he continues to push for permanent tax cuts for the ultry-wealthy," Lincoln said.