- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Democratic U.S. senator says President Donald Trump’s budget proposal would hurt North Dakota and other parts of rural America.

Heidi Heitkamp says the $1.15 trillion budget that Trump unveiled Thursday would cut funding for agriculture and rural development programs. She says it also jeopardizes permanent flood protection projects in Fargo and Minot.

Trump’s budget is a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Trump says it makes the safety of people a priority, and “puts America first.”

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says he supports more funding for the military and defense. But the North Dakota Republican says support also must be maintained for farmers and ranchers.

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