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The Republican study committee is a far right-wing group in the House of Representatives that supports a radical anti-agriculture agenda. That’s why I’m so disappointed that Kevin Cramer, who claims to represent his state’s farming community, is a member of this ideological caucus.

Every year, the RSC releases a budget that highlight the members’ priorities for the coming year. The 2019 budget was released last month. Growing up in a third generation farm family, this year’s document was downright frightening for me to read.

The committee proposed a massive cut to the farm bill’s crop insurance program, shifting the costs on to farmers who are already struggling to make a living. On top of that, the group suggests eliminating the Renewable Fuel Standard – a policy that benefits countless North Dakota farmers and supports a $640 million ethanol industry in the state. Finally, the extremist caucus wants to eliminate the sugar program entirely – a plan that thousands of sugar beet farmers in North Dakota rely on.

Why did Cramer sign on to a group that openly advocates for policies that would harm the agricultural community? How can we trust our lone vote in Congress to stand up for farmers when he’s joining up with such a dangerous, ideological committee? Cramer already left us in the dust by cheering on a trade war that would harm our ag producers. Now, this looks like the final blow.

Krisanna Peterson, Bismarck

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