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KINGSTON ENCOURAGED BY USDA ‘BLUEPRINT’ ANNOUNCEMENT
Agriculture Appropriations Chairman applauds Secretary’s effort
Washington, D.C., Jan 10, 2012 -
Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA), Chairman of the House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Blueprint for Stronger Service.” Released by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the ‘Blueprint’ is aimed at streamlining the Department’s operations and cutting costs.
“I am encouraged by the release of USDA’s reorganization plan and look forward to working with the Administration to reduce the budget and the size of the federal government. As released, this plan seeks to close or consolidate 259 domestic offices, 7 overseas offices, and save $150 million in taxpayer dollars.
“While optimistic given what I have read so far, I know the members of our subcommittee will be interested in the details of maintaining proposed savings while ensuring our high standard of food safety and farmer services. This plan illustrates the leadership we need and, if implemented correctly, could prove an important step in the right direction. Both parties should work together to achieve the common goals of a more efficient and effective USDA while being mindful of current budget constraints.”