WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today released the following statement on the President's FY 2012 Budget Proposal:
"The administration has once again dusted off old proposals aimed at pitting farmers against farmers," Roberts said. "Thankfully, Congress has consistently rejected these efforts in the past. Rather than leading an honest discussion regarding the underlying drivers behind the national debt, the administration instead chose to cut our producers' safety net. Agriculture is ready for an honest discussion about the federal budget and willing to contribute its fair share to achieve a fiscally responsible outcome. However, in doing so, Congress should not put more than that fair share on the backs of farmers and ranchers. I appreciate the administration's perspective, but Congress will take over from here on setting our national budget priorities."