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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Members of the state’s congressional delegation want the federal tobacco program protected from expected budget cuts.

WRAL-TV reported that key members of the state’s delegation are asking the US Agriculture Department not to include federal payments to tobacco farmers in a part of the budget subject to the next round of across-the-board cuts.

The next round of sequestration is to take effect Jan. 15 unless Congress comes up with a new budget.

US Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan and US Reps. Mike McIntyre, Renee Ellmers and Richard Hudson say the tobacco program should be exempt from the cuts.

A settlement reached with tobacco farmers in 2004 calls for payments to growers through next year.

North Carolina farmers are supposed to get the largest payment next year.

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  • Guest Mechanic

    It is really a sore spot to use taxpayer money to support one of the nastiest, most despicable plants on the face of the earth. Tobacco has caused countless deaths and illnesses both to users and bystanders. The stuff needs to be done away with. If sickness from tobacco was caused by anything else, the outcry from the public would be so great it would have been gone long ago.

  • 9743

    I agree with you 100%….why would these so called legislators want to protect something that is known to cause cancer and other health problems….if tobacco farmers can’t make it on their own then maybe they need to seek a different line of work. It’s also hard to believe that these legislators would want any money from the federal government anyway.

  • dingle mccringleberry

    if y’all read the article you’d see that the money in question comes from a legal settlement with the cigarette companies, not from the u.s. taxpayers.

  • Erlkoenig

    The free market needs to decide the value of a ciggy. Not DC.

  • guest45

    I see no reason for the state or the fed’s to be subsidizing anything, government needs to get out of “subsidies” all around!

  • DollarDivots

    Cut food stamps and stuff for needy, but continue welfare for wealthy farmers growing this poison…Fudge!

  • Vog46

    Tobacco is one of the best crops to grow on a dollar per acre basis.
    How would we feel about tobacco if all of it was exported?
    If we ended subsidies and the farmers still made money how many OTHER farmers would ditch corn and grains to grow tobacco for export?
    It’s boiling down to the almighty dollar.
    If you end the “don’t grow tobacco” payouts and let the free market reign all farmers will grow tobacco because there’s an insatiable demand for it still (primarily from overseas). This will cause U.S. grain prices to skyrocket making meat, poultry, pork and other staples more expensive.

    Tobacco is one of those weird crops that are very profitable but the end product is not good for our health…….


  • Guest4396

    Only in America………tobacco companies are fined for killing people and the fines are given back to the farmers that grow the noxious weed. All monies should be given to stop tobacco use programs.


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