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Rural Blog: Trump budget proposal could result in end of several long-term national service programs

Breaking from longstanding tradition, President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, if enacted, would eliminate many service programs started under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. The programs include Corporation for National and Community Service, and with it, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Volunteers in Service to America, one of Kennedy’s first national service programs, reports Erica...

Bill Straub: McConnell sees Trump budget as ‘progress,’ but it’s at the expense of the have-nots

WASHINGTON – Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root ‘n Branch’’ McConnell has had almost nothing to say about the hullaballoo surrounding President Trump and his administration’s curious ties with the Kremlin but he is waxing enthusiastic about a $4.1 trillion budget for 2018 proposed by the White House that, as you probably already have guessed, gives to them that’s got and takes from...

Rural Blog: Trump’s budget proposal contains major Medicaid cuts; passage in House doubtful

President Trump’s budget proposal, which was released Tuesday and will cut Medicaid by more than $800 billion over 10 years, will largely hurt the rural working-class voters who propelled him into the White House, Andrew Restuccia, Matthew Nussbaum and Sarah Ferris report for Politico. While Trump promised to help American workers, his “spending blueprint follows established conservative...

Daily Yonder: Many rural programs facing deep cuts under current federal budget proposal

USDA’s Rural Development, which helps provide water, power, broadband, housing, and small business loans in rural America, gets identified for deep cuts in the president’s budget proposal. The proposal, which is just the first salvo in the budget battle, also recommends eliminating agencies like the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Delta Regional Authority. President Trump’s budget...

Rural Blog: Trump’s federal budget proposal cuts many programs that benefit rural areas, like ARC

Many federal programs that help rural areas would be eliminated or reduced under President Trump’s proposed budget, released on Thursday. Some of the losers “may be some of the very constituencies that have been most supportive of the new president during his improbable rise to power,” writes Peter Baker of The New York Times. Proposed changes; click on image to enlarge (Washington...

Tom Block: Debt ceiling is a ‘trap’ that diverts attention from stronger negotiating positions

With the tax portion of the fiscal cliff resolved, attention now focuses on the spending side with three big deadlines looming. First is the need to raise the national debt ceiling, second is the Congressionally mandated, 10-year, $1.2 trillion cut in spending called sequester, and third is the need to deal with the federal budet for the fiscal year that began on Oct. 1, 2012. This final issue was...

Tom Block: Debt ceiling is a 'trap' that diverts attention from stronger negotiating positions

With the tax portion of the fiscal cliff resolved, attention now focuses on the spending side with three big deadlines looming. First is the need to raise the national debt ceiling, second is the Congressionally mandated, 10-year, $1.2 trillion cut in spending called sequester, and third is the need to deal with the federal budet for the fiscal year that began on Oct. 1, 2012. This final issue was...