(Washington, DC) — West-central Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood says the federal government absolutely must cut spending. Just not the spending for Peoria’s USDA laboratory. LaHood yesterday defended the move to save the ag lab in Peoria. The congressman says he’d like to see other USDA labs across the country closed, and have their work moved to Peoria. The lab in Peoria is one of several projects saved this week by a Congressional committee from President Trump’s budget cuts.