Rep. Salazar Cites Flaws In President's Proposed Budget

When President Bush unveiled his $2.5 trillion dollar projected budget this week many democrats called some of the proposed cuts dead on arrival. Freshman Congressman John Salazar, (D) Manasa, is voicing his opposition to plan. Salazar was one of several lawmakers on the Agriculture Committee who held a news conference Thursday to discuss the budget.

150 programs would see a cut in funding under the proposed budget, that's aimed at cutting the federal deficit in half by 2009. American farmers would see dramatic roll backs in subsidies. Salazar, who's a lifelong farmer from the San Luis Valley, says the Bush plan ignores rural America and the livelihood of American farmers.

In response to the President's proposal to cut health care payments for veterans and the poor, Salazar said it's unfair to push the debt burden onto the backs of veterans by raising co–payments and fees for V.A. health care.

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