Cardin Repels Attempt to Defund Appalachian Regional Commission
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Thursday rallied bipartisan support to vote down an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016 (H.R. 2028) that would have defunded a number of federal programs in Western Maryland. Amendment #3803 would have eliminated funding for several regional commissions including Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). ARC is a federal-state partnership that works with residents of Appalachia to create self-sustaining economic development and improve quality of life.