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CitySquare Opposes White House’s Proposed Elimination of AmeriCorps

Date: May 23, 2017

The proposed 2018 budget released by President Trump’s Administration today would gut funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), permanently eliminating AmeriCorps. CitySquare operates the largest AmeriCorps program in North Texas, and stands firm against the White House’s proposed cuts and the devastating effects they would have on our region. Below is a statement released today by Voices for National Service:

Washington, DC (May 23, 2017) – The budget proposed today by President Donald Trump would end our nation’s 80-year investment in national service, leaving our veterans and their families underserved and our schools understaffed. The White House’s full budget for fiscal year 2018 would provide a small amount of funding to support the shutdown of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers national service programs, including AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, setting the agency up for assumed elimination the following year.

In March, the administration made the same recommendation in the so-called skinny budget, but legislative champions, including Senators Roy Blunt and Patty Murray and Representatives Tom Cole and Rosa DeLauro, ensured funding for the critical work of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps was sustained for another year.

If adopted, this budget would serve as a death knell for national service programs like AmeriCorps and Senior Corps,” said AnnMaura Connolly, President of Voices for national Service. “Fortunately, Congress, which is ultimately responsible for funding the government, has consistently demonstrated a strong, bipartisan commitment to national service, even as recently as last month.”

“Eliminating funding for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps isn’t a win for small government or the taxpayer, because every dollar invested in national service yields nearly four in return for society. Instead, this plan would mark a loss of the patriotic service of the more than 80,000 young Americans and the 270,000 seniors who serve their nation and communities each year through these programs.

“Without this funding, thousands of nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Catholic Charities, Habitat for Humanity and Teach For America, would be gutted and unable to execute their missions.

“As we continue to make the case for strong funding in fiscal year 2018, we will continue to count on bipartisan Congressional leadership and the thousands of national service supporters who will join the fight to ensure that AmeriCorps and Senior Corps can continue to provide critically needed service to their communities.”