Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) “told members of the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) this week it will be very difficult to defend agriculture spending this year in light of the new drive to cut the federal budget,” The Hill reports.
The IFB put out a statement that said Durbin called it “impossible to defend what [we’re] paying out at this time in direct payments,” and that he called farm programs a “high-profile target for budget-conscious colleagues.”
Durbin said when it comes to considering cuts, he wants “everything on the table, not just farm programs, but everything,” according to the IFB. This fits in with Democratic complaints that Republicans have been trying to cut $100 billion only from discretionary non-security spending, and is not looking at a broader group of programs for cuts.
“After meeting with Sen. Durbin, it was pretty evident direct payments are going to be hard to defend going forward,” the IFB said.