The Associated PressWhite House press secretary Sean Spicer, right, give the podium to Budget Director Mick Mulvaney during daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., Thursday, where he spoke about the Trump Administration’s budget proposals.
Advocates for rural residents said the president’s spending blueprint adversely impacts a range of programs helpful to less populated regions, including those to prevent homelessness, help the poor pay heating bills, provide community loans, fund training for nurses, assist farmers and preserve clean waterways.
John Hoeven, R-N.D., chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, said in a statement Trump’s proposal to reduce federal agriculture programs by $4.7 billion “does not work” and cannot be justified.
The National Resources Defense Council pointed out that the President’s budget eliminates a fund that gives rural governments and nonprofits money to clean up drinking water systems and improve sewage disposal to avoid disasters such as what happened in Flint, Michigan.
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