Local politicians weigh in on President Trumps budget request


    <p>The budget now heads to congress where LaHood says it has the power of the purse. Senator Dick Durbin is concerned with President Trump's proposal, saying it will hurt farmers.{/p}

    U.S. Congressman Darin LaHood is speaking out following President Trumps proposed budget.

    Representative LaHood credits the president for his fiscal responsibility in the budget, because the U.S. is $22 trillion in debt.

    LaHood believes congress hasn't done enough to get the country’s debt under control.

    He is, however, concerned with a portion of the president’s budget.

    "I am concerned about how his budget affects rural America,” LaHood said. “Particularly many of our ag programs, the ag research program in Peoria is vitally important."

    The budget now heads to congress where LaHood says it has the power of the purse.

    Senator Dick Durbin is concerned with President Trump's proposal, saying it will hurt farmers.

    According to the Senator from Illinois, farmers visited his office with concerns Tuesday.

    Durbin said the president’s proposal cuts funding for crop insurance, a major component in the newly passed farm bill.

    Durbin would like to see the cuts taken from somewhere else.

    "There are areas in ways we can cut waste in federal government,” Durbin said. “But when it comes to crop insurance for farmers, we have a bipartisan consensus to move forward."

    Durbin says Illinois farmers have had their fair share of weather recently and sometimes rely on the crop insurance service.

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