Policy Documents

Congress Could Cut Five USDA Programs and Save $2.8 Billion a Year

Daren Bakst, Romina Boccia –
July 2, 2013
The full House of Representatives is expected to take up the agriculture appropriations bill soon. There is ample room to make major cuts. With nearly $17 trillion in federal debt and chronic deficits on the budget horizon, the House should pursue prudent spending reductions in areas that are duplicative or inappropriate for federal involvement. Cutting just five programs would result in about $2.8 billion in savings. From inefficient food aid programs to costly market-promotion programs, lawmakers should seize this opportunity to reduce spending and make a small down payment toward reducing chronic deficits.