According to recent news reports, the White House may introduce a fiscal year 2018 budget proposal that eliminates the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in an attempt to reduce federal spending. Eliminating CNCS, and its core programs including AmeriCorps, would have a crippling impact on our community, devastating local organizations that leverage AmeriCorps funding to engage citizens in service and to cultivate matching support from non-federal sources.
National service programs not only provide vital resources to local residents here in Taos, but these programs also provide a pathway to employment for young Americans. Through their service, AmeriCorps members gain skills and experience, develop professional networks, and earn an education award that can reduce the cost of college. I have been fortunate to serve my community as a 10-month AmeriCorps member myself. I have a profound respect for this program and what it can do for the community and for individual community members.
CNCS and AmeriCorps have a history of bipartisan support. I am counting on Sen. Udall and Sen. Heinrich, an alumnus himself, to continue that legacy of support for this cost-effective, results-driven resource for our community. AmeriCorps programs get thing done in our communities, our state and across our nation.