Secretary of Commerce Testifies Before Senate Appropriations Subcommittee; Faces Questions on Proposed Elimination of EDA

Posted on: June 9th, 2017 by NADO Admin

This week, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross appeared before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies to offer testimony on the department’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request.  The budget’s proposed elimination of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) was raised by several subcommittee members including Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), John Boozman (R-AR), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).  All expressed support for EDA’s impact on communities in their states and questioned the administration’s recommendation that the agency be eliminated.  Secretary Ross responded that while EDA has had a positive impact, trade-offs in the president’s budget were necessary to offset the president’s increase in defense spending and other priorities.

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