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White House Spending Cuts Would Hit AmeriCorps Funding, Preserve Student Aid

May 9, 2018

A $15 billion package of proposed spending cuts released by the White House Tuesday would leave student aid and campus-based research untouched.

The proposed spending cuts, known as rescissions, would rescind $150 million in funds from the National Service Trust, which provides awards to eligible AmeriCorps volunteers. The Trump administration said those cuts would not affect the operations of the agency and that its current balance more than covers the amount needed for educational awards in fiscal year 2018.

The rescission package comes just over a month after President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill to keep the government running through September. Unlike other spending bills, the proposed cuts can be pushed through both chambers of Congress without a potential filibuster in the Senate.

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Andrew Kreighbaum

Andrew Kreighbaum joins Inside Higher Ed as our federal policy reporter. Andrew comes to us from The Investigative Reporting Workshop. He received his master's in data journalism at the University of Missouri, and has interned at USA Today and a national journalism institute in Columbia, MO. Before getting his master's, Andrew spent three years covering government and education at local papers in El Paso, McAllen and Laredo, Texas. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in history and was news editor at The Daily Texan.

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