RALEIGH, N.C. - Members of the state's congressional delegation want the federal tobacco program protected from expected budget cuts.
WRAL-TV reported (http://bit.ly/1ak9A5N) that key members of the state's delegation are asking the U.S. 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.
U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan and U.S. 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.