December 18, 2013

Statement on Ryan-Murray Budget Agreement

We are pleased to see that the recent budget agreement ends the draconian cut that reduced Agency spending all the way down to $470.59 billion and sets spending for the coming fiscal year at a functional $513.9 billion. We believe this additional funding will ameliorate the catastrophic disruption of our ability to fulfill core duties. Nonetheless, we hope that Congress will reexamine the possibility of additional funding in the near future.

March 1, 2013

Statement on Sequester

We are deeply disappointed to see that Congressional disagreements are forcing draconian cut of Agency spending from $493.8 billion in the preceding fiscal year to $470.59 billion. We fear the 4.7 percent cut will lead to a catastrophic disruption of our ability to fulfill core duties, and hope that Congress will revisit this decision shortly.

June 7, 2007

Statement on the Cheatgrass Infestation of 2006

The administrative leadership of the Agency would like to apologize for our slow or negligent response to claims of a cheatgrass infestation in California. Our coordination with state and local agencies did not meet its historical level of quality and frequency. Our subsequent investigation has determined that our failure to respond in a timely or effective action jeopardized crops in California wine country and elsewhere. We attribute the responsibility of this failure to a group of rogue low-level employees in our Cincinnati office.

May 1, 2007

U.S. National Debt: $11.3 trillion

Budget, USDA Agency of Invasive Species: $340.06 million

October 1, 2006

Statement on the Cheatgrass Infestation of of 2006

There is absolutely no truth to recent media reports claiming that the Agency was slow or negligent in its response to claims of a cheatgrass infestation in California. Our coordination with state and local agencies remains at its historial level of quality and frequency, and claims that our failure to respond in a timely or effective action will jeopardize crops in California wine country and elsewhere in the state reflect media hysteria and the unverified, unreliable, attention-seeking “journalism” that has come to mark the Internet era.

August 1, 2006

U.S. National Debt: $8.5 trillion

Budget, USDA Agency of Invasive Species: $257.8 million

February 1, 1998

U.S. National Debt: $5.52 trillion

Budget, USDA Agency of Invasive Species: $148.7 million