Thank you to the Portsmouth Daily Times for drawing attention to the threats to the Appalachian Regional Commission (“Uniting Our Voices In Support Of Vital Appalachian Regional Programs,” 6/21). As the writers point out, ARC is a vital tool for creating jobs and improving lives throughout Appalachia. I’ve worked across the aisle with Senator Portman to fight the Administration’s outrageous proposal to eliminate this commission that does so much good for communities across rural Ohio. Last week, I wrote to the Senate Appropriation Committee, urging them to protect ARC – for 50 years this program has worked, so why would we end it now, when this region needs it most?
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