N.D. senators against president's ag cuts

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WASHINGTON - The White House delivered its fiscal year 2020 budget to the house budget committee Monday.

It's called a "skinny budget," because it only reflects the president's priorities in number form.

The budget request calls for a nearly $2 billion cut to the Department of Agriculture, a more than 8% reduction in one year.

In a statement, Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said he doesn't support the agriculture cuts: "Our producers have struggled enough with extreme weather and unfair retaliatory actions amid trade disputes. The cuts proposed today would save little but inflict severe pain in American agriculture."

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., added: "While we have made important progress in trade negotiations and are providing much-needed disaster assistance, farm country is still facing difficult times. It is vital that we maintain the Farm Bill programs and risk management tools our producers rely on."

However, this proposal is not expected to get rid of the federal deficit within the next decade. That's according to the Washington Post who reviewed the plan. The newspaper says White House officials claim the deficit should be closed by 20-35.

The U.S. budget rose past the $1 trillion mark last year.