>> The White House's budget proposal released Thursday, calls for massive cuts to non-military spending, even to programs that support job training and economic redevelopment in coal country, a key Trump voting block. Reuters' correspondent Valerie Volcovici recently visited Kentucky.>> A lot of people in places like Eastern Kentucky, they voted overwhelmingly for Trump.
So, they've got a lot of expectations that he will help revive their economies. I think people are still hopeful that he'll do something to help coal country. But, the thing that might be helpful to coal country, isn't necessarily coal at the moment.>> Trumps budget would eliminate the Appalachian Regional Commission, or the ARC, an agency that drives economic redevelopment and helps support job training programs for ex-miners and those struggling to find employment.
Republican Congressman Hal Rogers, hopes his constituents won't be forgotten.>> The president won his election in rural country, and I think he's more in tune to the needs of rural, small town America than any president in my memory. My entire career in Congress, 36 years, I've had to fight off people who wanted to veto ARC almost every year, and this will be another year.
>> The ARC has helped fund private initiatives, like Interapt, which provides paid training and internships to former coal miners, like Rigel Preston.>> I worked at a gas station after all my unemployment benefits ran out. Coal will run out eventually, the innovation of technology won't. It'll always grow.
There's no sense in wasting money on the past, when the future's more lucrative.>> ARC's budget, at around $120 million, is funded through the end of the year, but its fate now in jeopardy until Congress weighs in on President Trump's proposed budget cuts.