How dare Kay Hagan stand up for farmers. How dare she join with conservative and moderate Democrats and Republicans to oppose cuts to farm funding in President Obama's budget. It doesn't matter that I agree with her. It doesn't matter that agriculture is a huge employer in North Carolina. It doesn't matter that agriculture provides over $70 billion in the state's gross product. How dare she work with moderates and conservatives. Here's Hagan's justification:
These are tough economic times for everyone across North Carolina, especially our farmers. I do not see the justification in reducing the help that many farmers depend on in this economic climate, and I joined with my colleagues to voice our concern to the leaders of the Budget Committee.
If enacted, the proposed budget would break the contract our federal government made with producers in the 2008 Farm Bill that provides them with a strong safety net. This not only threatens the domestic supply of food and fiber that Americans depend upon, it further undermines our rural communities already in crisis.
The letter opposing the farm funding cuts was signed by 17 U.S. Senators and sent to Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Ranking Member Judd Gregg (R-NH).