All hands on deck! After the giant tax cut for billionaires and corporations, Trump’s budget proposal will gut 22 programs, many of which benefit the very rural communities he claims to defend. Time to make some phone calls to your Senators and Representatives to save the things you care about.
• The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education, donates agricultural commodities and financial assistance to carry out school feeding programs in foreign countries.
• The Global Climate Change Initiative, a proposal that reflects Trump’s decision last year to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
• The U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which provides U.S. goods and services for foreign projects.
• The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a think tank focused on international affairs and foreign policy.
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• The Rural Business and Cooperative Service, which provides loans, grants and payments intended to increase opportunities in rural communities.
• The Economic Development Administration, which provides federal grants to communities in support of locally-developed economic plans.
• The Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which subsidizes advisory and consulting services for small and medium-size manufacturers.
• 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which helps communities establish or expand centers to provide before- and after-school programs and summer school programs.
• The Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, which funds community development projects nationwide.
• The Legal Services Corporation, a nonprofit that provides civil legal assistance for low-income individuals.
• Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, an Education Department program that provides grants to support college preparation for low-income students.
• The NASA Office of Education, which provides grants to colleges and universities, museums and science centers. The funding would be redirected within NASA.
• The National Endowment for the Humanities, which provides grants to American humanities scholars.
• The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which researches ways to enhance the effectiveness of health services.
• The National Wildlife Refuge Fund, which compensates communities for lost tax revenue when the federal government acquires their land.
• The Advanced Research Projects Agency, which provides support for Energy Department projects.
• The Chemical Safety Board, which is tasked with investigating accidents at chemical facilities.
• The Corporation for National and Community Service, which funds service opportunities, promotes volunteering and helps nonprofit organizations find volunteers.
• The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds public television and radio stations including Public Broadcasting Service and NPR.
• The Institute of Museum and Library Services, which funds museums and libraries nationwide with grants.
• The National Endowment for the Arts, which funds American artists and projects with grants.
• The Denali Commission, the Delta Regional Authority and the Northern Border Regional Commission, which fund infrastructure and economic projects in specified areas.
By Being Liberal contributor: Sarah Ficca