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Legislative Update: President Trumpís FY 2021 Budget Proposal Includes $165 Million for ARC

February 2020


President Trumpís FY 2021 Budget Proposal, released on February 10, includes $165 million for ARC. This represents level funding with the amount requested in the Presidentís Budget for FY 2020. Of this proposal, $73 million is requested for ARCís Area Development Base Program; $50 million is requested to continue the POWER Initiative for communities adversely affected by the downturn in the coal industry; $32 million is requested for special regional initiatives to specifically address economic development in the Appalachian counties considered the most economically distressed; and $10 million is requested to address workforce challenges caused by the Regionís drug crisis. ARCís FY 2021 Performance Budget Justification is available at

The proposed budget will serve as the basis for congressional discussion of funding for individual agencies, with the final decision on agency funding levels to be made by Congress as part of the regular appropriations process later this year.