Deeply concerned over Trump budget proposals

To the editor:

As a farmer in southwest Minnesota, I have worked with, and under, many different farm programs through the years. Each new administration came with new ideas for agriculture, some worked well, some not so much. Yet throughout my years in agriculture, through many different administrations, there has been a basic commitment to help meet the food needs of those less fortunate, both domestically and internationally.

As a follower of Jesus, who calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves, I am deeply concerned about budget proposals from the Trump administration and the House Budget Committee that would dramatically cut domestic and international funding for those who need it the most – people living with hunger and poverty.

Domestic programs like SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), WIC, and tax credits for low-income working families provide our neighbors here in the United States with a critical safety net.

International programs like food aid, development assistance, and maternal and child nutrition improve the lives of millions of our neighbors around the world, on less than 1 percent of our federal budget. All of these programs face potentially deep funding cuts that would impact millions of men, women, and children.

I am grateful that members of Congress on both sides of the aisle understand the moral, economic, and national security value of these programs and are working together to protect them.

As a member of Bread for the World, a grassroots Christian advocacy group working to end hunger in the U.S. and abroad, I call on my U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Reps. Collin Peterson and Tim Walz to do all they can to reject these cuts and pass a budget that protects our most vulnerable neighbors, near and far. I invite you to join me in speaking up, by visiting

John D. Busman