Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons joined U.S. Senate Democrats in sending a letter May 30 to President Donald Trump expressing concerns over recent actions that would have negative impacts on families in rural America.
Trump issued a budget proposal calling for cuts that would undermine the important rural development mission at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These damaging cuts come on the heels of recently announced plans to eliminate the USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development, an advocate for small towns and rural communities across the country.
In the letter, the senators objected to the proposed cuts and urged President Trump to maintain the undersecretary for rural development.
“Small towns and rural communities embody many of our nation’s greatest strengths, and the people of these communities deserve every opportunity to raise their families with well-paying jobs and a high quality of life,” wrote the senators. “Our small towns and rural communities, however, experience unique challenges in developing and maintaining infrastructure and providing high-quality health services and education. Understanding and responding to these unique challenges to help these communities create jobs and drive economic growth is the principal mission of USDA Rural Development.”