Winning administration’s support key for new cotton program

Cotton industry should include White House Office of Management and Budget Director NMick Mulvaney in lobbying efforts for cotton programs.

Garnering and maintaining congressional support for the FY2018 ag appropriations bill will be important, but members also need to reach out to the administration for help in making the legislation a reality.

Rep. Robert Aderholt, chairman of the House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee, says those efforts need to focus, in particular, on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Mick Mulvaney, former congressman from South Carolina who now is director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The Alabama congressman said he believes Secretary Perdue wants to help farmers, but he did not say the same for Mulvaney, a former South Carolina congressman who led the Trump administration’s proposal to cut the USDA budget by more than 20 percent in FY2018.

Rep. Aderholt’s comments came at the National Cotton Council’s mid-year board of directors meeting in Memphis, Tenn.

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