Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue May 2 to underscore the importance of USDA funding for Delaware and its rural communities.

“Growing season after growing season, Delaware’s hardworking farmers continue to deliver for Delawareans and Americans alike. We have a responsibility to deliver in return and, without these reasonable levels of funding from the department at your helm, we would be unable to do so,” the delegation wrote.

“From the rural communities struggling to combat the opioid epidemic to the small towns relying on USDA grants to complete critical water and wastewater projects, it is clear to us that implementation of President Trump's budget proposal would do real harm across the Delmarva region,” they continued. “For these reasons, we urge you to reject further proposed budget cuts to USDA and to actively pressure President Trump to reevaluate a funding proposal that would leave rural America behind.”

“For you to gain firsthand insight into the importance of agriculture in the First State, we cordially invite you to come visit us in Delaware. Showing you our rural communities’ commitment to continued agricultural excellence would be a sincere privilege for us and for Delaware’s Secretary of Agriculture, Michael Scuse.

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