More than 60 organizations have signed onto a letter of support for increased funding to support critical investments in the communities and working families most affected by America’s declining demand for coal in the fiscal year 2020 (FY20) appropriations bills. These programs have been instrumental in new investments of infrastructure, business development and environmental clean-up. At the same time, we are urging Congress increase transparency and accountability to local communities.
The letter urges Congress to increase funding for key programs, including three programs which have been particularly impactful:
Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) POWER Initiative;
Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Assistance to Coal Communities; and
Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Pilot Program.