U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons joined Senate Democrats in signing a letter to President Trump making the case for rural investment.
The letter was a response to the release of Trump's budget proposal, which calls for cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This follows recently announced plans to eliminate the USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development, who represents the interests of farming communities and small towns.
“Small towns and rural communities embody many of our nation’s greatest strengths, and the people of these communities deserve every opportunity to raise their families with well-paying jobs and a high quality of life,” the Senators wrote.
“Our small towns and rural communities, however, experience unique challenges in developing and maintaining infrastructure and providing high-quality health services and education. Understanding and responding to these unique challenges to help these communities create jobs and drive economic growth is the principal mission of USDA Rural Development.”