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Call Rep. Faso To Ask Him To Publicly Oppose The Trump Budget Elimination Of The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

Speaking of the best interests of NY19, while Rep. Faso is ‘home’ in district, we’re asking you to call him on an issue that really does hit us at home: the Trump budget’s proposed elimination of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

Background
Thank you to the Center for American Progress for their work on this issue

Without the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), which includes fourteen NYS counties, New Yorkers would lose out on an average of 332 jobs and $10.7 million in added earnings each year through investments in our critical water, broadband, and transportation infrastructure. The ARC has also provides training and education for many students and workers. Since its founding, the ARC has brought more than 16,200 jobs, invested $192.4 million, and led to $526.2 million in increased earnings for New Yorkers.

One key ARC project is the Appalachian Development Highway System, which connects Appalachian communities, bringing in new jobs and economic development in the region. The system is now 89 percent complete. If finished, it is predicted to result in 80,500 jobs, $5.0 billion in increased value-added production, and $3.2 billion in increased wages for workers in Appalachia by 2035— that is a return of $3 for every dollar invested.

The ARC infrastructure program is up and running, and benefits working people in rural communities like ours! Thirteen of the 14 NYS counties covered by the ARC, including the 19th, 22nd and 23rd, voted for Trump in 2016. Proposing to eliminate the ARC is yet another example of Trump betraying the people, even those who voted for him, in favor of corporations and the wealthy.

Sample Call Script

Hi, I am [your name] from [your town, zip code]. I have read that President Trump’s ‘skinny budget’ eliminates the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). This is terrible! The ARC invests in critical NYS water, broadband, and transportation infrastructure — and is an infrastructure program that is working right now! If the ARC is eliminated, we in New York will lose out on an average of 332 jobs and $10.7 million in added earnings each year, and potentially more! I don’t understand why Trump calls for the elimination of such a good program that is right now bringing jobs and development to rural counties. What is Rep. Faso’s position on the elimination of the ARC?

If Rep Faso Opposes the Elimination of the ARC
I am glad to hear it! I ask that Rep. Faso come out NOW publicly in support of the ARC and to strongly oppose its elimination. I would like him to show leadership to his colleagues in the other NYS districts covered by the ARC. Is Rep. Faso planning to do that? (If the staffer says, no, Faso won’t publicly oppose, or says that Faso makes no commitment made to publicly oppose, indicate your displeasure.)

If Rep. Faso Supports the Elimination of the ARC or Has No Position
That is very disappointing! This is another issue that will affect working people here in rural NY19 very directly. It is reprehensible that he is again not willing to be out in the forefront fighting for the interests of us, his constituents.

Phone Numbers for Congressman Faso

Washington, DC Office: (202) 225-5614

Delhi District Office: (607) 746-9537

Kinderhook District Office: (518) 610-8133

Kingston District Office: (845) 514-2322
Sample Tweet

Keep #AppalachianRegionalCommission improves #NY19 water, road, tech infrastructure & brings jobs/inc wages @RepJohnFaso #TrumpSkinnyBudget

Sample Letter to Editor If Rep. Faso Supports ARC Elimination or Has No Position

As cutting this program will have immediate and local effects, this is a great issue for a Letter to the Editor. Use the information in the Backgrounder (more info here) to craft a short letter to the Editor, noting that this is yet another example of both Trump AND Rep. Faso again betraying the people, even those who voted for them, in favor of corporations and the wealthy.

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