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Trump's Cuts Would Impact Poor Rural, Urban Iowans

Some analysits say the Trump administration's budget blueprint would hurt some voters who helped put Donald Trump in office. (Pixabay)
Some analysits say the Trump administration's budget blueprint would hurt some voters who helped put Donald Trump in office. (Pixabay)
March 20, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa – Folks in Iowa and around the country are still digesting President Donald Trump's proposed budget with some calling it a "war on people in poverty."

The budget blueprint would slash the U.S. Department of Agriculture by $4.7 billion, a 21 percent cut.

Joel Berg heads Hunger Free America and held senior executive service positions in the USDA for eight years during the Clinton administration. He contends that by cutting or eliminating programs that help poor and middle-income rural Americans, Trump would be hurting voters who were instrumental in putting him in office.

"He's cutting rural economic development programs, food programs, programs that bring fresh water to rural areas, which will mean local taxpayers will have to pick up the tab and pay more," he points out.

The administration says the proposed budget supports "critical" USDA activities while streamlining or eliminating redundant and lower-priority programs.

Trump's proposal calls for deep cuts or total elimination of programs, such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, that help poor families everywhere. And Berg says Trump wants to eliminate the AmeriCorps national service program.

"A program that says you don't get a penny unless you work and you get money to help pay for your college education, whether you're middle class or low-income, or of any income background,” he points out. “This is something that should be supported by all Americans, not eliminated."

Trump’s budget plan also slashes funding for Community Services Block Grants, which support food banks, Meals on Wheels and other food programs.

While the president has said Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, won't be cut, the proposed budget doesn't specify where more than 75 percent of the total proposed cuts would be made.


Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - IA