|Rainbow in Southern California (by Mike Pouraryan)
Dear Mr. Pouraryan:
Thank you for writing to me about federal funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service. I appreciate hearing from you, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.
I understand you have concerns about President Trump’s budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, as it would eliminate the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). As you know, CNCS is an independent federal agency that administers programs to support volunteer services, such as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps. I strongly support efforts by Americans to give back to their nation and their communities. More than 7,800 Californians are meeting compelling human needs, whether it is teaching our students, assisting homebound seniors, or helping our communities rebuild after natural disasters. National service is truly transformative and has the power to impact many lives.
Like you, I have strong concerns about the President’s proposed budget request, which would eliminate many critical federal programs, including CNCS funding. While the budget proposed by President Trump contains significant cuts and the elimination of the CNCS, it is important to note that it is ultimately Congress that approves the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
You may be interested to know that on September 6, 2017, the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which I am a member, passed the “FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act” (S. 1771). This bill would continue to provide funding for CNCS at Fiscal Year 2017 levels. The federal government is currently operating under short-term funding authority until a full, year-long funding bill can be passed. In general, all federal programs are being funded at last year’s funding levels. It is my hope that Congress will be able to negotiate a bipartisan, full-year funding agreement before the short-term funding bill expires.
Please know that I share your view that the federal government should help provide opportunities for all Americans to engage in service to better our country. Rest assured that I will be sure to keep your comments in mind as Congress works on appropriations for FY 2018.
Once again, thank you for writing. Should you have any other questions or comments, please call my Washington office at (202) 224-3841 or visit my website at feinstein.senate.gov. You can also follow me online at YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and you can sign up for my email newsletter at feinstein.senate.gov/
United States Senator