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Legislative Update: Administration's FY 2006 Budget Proposes Level Funding for ARC

February 2005

President Bush's proposed fiscal year (FY) 2006 budget, released February 7, 2005, provides $65.5 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission's nonhighway programs. This is the same funding level ARC received in FY 2005.

Additionally, the administration's proposed multi-year highway legislation, SAFETEA, calls for $450 million annually for construction of the Appalachian Development Highway System, which ARC continues to oversee. This is the same funding level provided in the TEA-21 legislation.

The administration's FY 2006 budget proposal will now go to Congress for its consideration.