Congressman Jerry Moran says he'll work to prevent millions of dollars in cuts to safety net programs to farmers.
The $400 million worth of reductions in crop subsidies are part of a deal Congressional leaders struck over the weekend. Moran is part of the group negotiating the final bill that will hit the floor for debate. The bill encompasses a total of $600 billion in spending over 10 years. Moran says, in its current form, two-thirds of the money goes to food stamp and nutrition programs, while only 10 percent is for payments to farmers.
Moran says the payments are important. He says they help farmers remain competitive as their costs go up. He says the Congressional leaders are directing more money toward urban interests - things like environmental and conservation programs and food stamp and nutrition programs. While those things are important, Moran says, they shouldn't be paid for on the backs of Kansas farmers who are working to feed everyone.
Moran and the negotiating committee are set to meet Tuesday afternoon.
Moran also shares his thoughts on gas prices and the rebuilding in Greensburg in the attached video.