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Legislative Update: FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Legislation Includes $155 Million for ARC

March 2018

On March 23, President Donald Trump signed compromise legislation (the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018) funding the federal government through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2018. The measure provides $155 million for ARCís nonhighway programs, an increase of $3 million from the Commissionís FY 2017 funding level and the highest funding level in the agencyís history. The total figure includes:
  • $73 million for ARCís base program;
  • $50 million for the POWER Initiative to help communities that have been adversely impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector;
  • $16 million for a program of industrial site and workforce development in Southern and South Central Appalachia focused primarily on the automotive supplier sector and the aviation sector;
  • $10 million to continue a program of high-speed broadband deployment in economically distressed counties in Central Appalachia; and
  • $6 million for basic infrastructure improvements in economically distressed counties in Central Appalachia.
The legislation also provides $6 million in funding for the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Serviceís Rural Business Program that will be divided equally between ARC and the Delta Regional Authority.

The legislation was passed by the U.S. Senate on March 23 and by the House of Representatives on March 22.