Rural Groups Pushback on Perdue Proposal to Eliminate Undersecretary for Rural Development

Several rural advocacy groups recently joined together to oppose the recent reorganization plan proposed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue. Their main concern was related to the proposal to eliminate the position of undersecretary of rural development and place the responsibility of rural development in the office of the secretary. The groups argue that the move demotes the importance of rural development at the USDA. These groups are also concerned with the budget outline of the President, which proposed significant cuts to rural development, including the elimination of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). The USDA provides many important services in rural development, including the development of rural energy, rural broadband, rural water, and other housing and economic assistance programs.

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