The National Farmers Union expressed disappointment in the Senate's failure to adopt an amendment that would eliminate all proposed cuts to agriculture programs.

Senators voted 46 to 54 not to adopt the amendment offered by Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), and others, which would have rolled back the reconciliatory instructions of cutting the agriculture budget by $2.8 billion in 2006. President Bush's budget proposes dramatic cuts to agriculture spending, unfairly attempting to balance the federal budget on the backs of American farmers. The Senate and House of Representatives are debating the 2006 budget this week.

"We are very disappointed the Senate rejected this amendment to eliminate the huge cuts in agriculture spending programs called for in the Senate budget legislation for FY 06," said president Dave Frederickson.

The National Farmers Union joins members of the Senate in reminding Congress that American farmers have already contributed greatly to deficit reduction. The 2002 Farm Bill currently provides a guaranteed safety net, as well as numerous programs that benefit farmers, ranchers and rural communities. More than $17 billion has been saved in the first three years of the farm bill's implementation.

Source: Association Release