McConnell: Federal job creation agency won’t be cut

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll fight a proposal to eliminate a 52-year-old federal agency that seeks to create jobs.
    
McConnell told WYMT-TV Saturday that he’s opposed to the proposal to do away with the Appalachian Regional Commission, which is contained in President Donald Trump’s budget for Fiscal 2018.
    
In fact, McConnell said, "We are not going to allow any cuts" to the commission.
    
The commission works to create jobs in 420 counties across 13 states. Those who have benefited include unemployed workers in the struggling coalfields of West Virginia and Kentucky.
    
The commission began its work in 1965 as part of former Democratic President Lyndon Johnson’s "war on poverty." In the past two years, the agency has spent $175.7 million on 662 projects that it says have created or retained more than 23,670 jobs.
 

Related Articles

Committee breaks ground for new Heath High School memorial For almost a year, a committee has been working to create a new memorial that honors the victims of the Heath High School shooting. On Tuesday, they b...
To update or not to update, that’s the question for Apple users It's a question users ask whenever Apple releases a new iOS: Should I get it now, or wait?
Next generation 911 offers more options in emergencies It's not always possible to call 911 when you're in danger. In some places, it's now possible for you to send a text instead. It's because of a techno...
South Korea says Trump’s North Korea rhetoric shows resolve South Korea says the latest hot rhetoric aimed at North Korea by President Donald Trump underlines U.S. resolve to deal strictly with Pyongyang.