McConnell opposes Trump cuts to Appalachian Regional Commission

Published: Mar. 19, 2017 at 8:35 AM EDT
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, says he opposes President Donald Trump's proposal to eliminate the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

In a speech to the Fifth District Lincoln Club Saturday in Corbin, McConnell said "We are not going to allow any cuts to the Appalachian Regional Commission."

"It is very important to Eastern Kentucky," continued McConnell,

. "It has been for a number of years. That's not going to happen. We probably will reduce the budget for the EPA because they have been involved in a whole lot of activities that I think are beyond our mission. A good example of that is what they've done to the coal industry in Eastern Kentucky."

Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers has called Trump's ARC proposal "careless and counterproductive."