WASHINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – President Trump’s budget calls for an end to federal funding to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC,) an organization that fights poverty and promotes education and technology in Appalachia.
A fellow republican, Congressman Hal Rogers of Kentucky is blasting that move.
A statement released from Rogers’ office reads, in part: “While we have a responsibility to reduce our federal deficit, I am disappointed that many of the reductions and eliminations proposed in the President’s skinny budget are draconian, careless, and counterproductive. In particular, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has a long-standing history of bipartisan support in Congress because of its proven ability to help reduce poverty rates and extend basic necessities to communities across the Appalachian region. Today, nearly everyone in the region has access to clean water and sewer, the workforce is diversifying, educational opportunities are improving and rural technology is finally advancing to 21st Century standards. But there is more work to be done in these communities, and I will continue to advocate for sufficient funding for ARC and similar programs, like the Economic Development Administration.”