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Local Republican Rep. would like President Trump to rethink one budget item

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A local Congressman who has a close relationship with President Trump says he supports his new budget proposal for the most part.

But he says he cannot get behind one cut that would eliminate an after-school program in the Poconos.

"We are proposing a budget that will shrink the bloated federal bureaucracy and I mean bloated," the president said earlier.

And in order to beat the bloat, President Trump laid out a $1.1 trillion budget blueprint, that proposes cuts to dozens of other agencies that would see funding either drastically cut or eliminated for certain programs.

Lou Barletta is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District.

"The budget's just a guideline," he reminds his constituents. "It's the House that actually creates the budget," he says.

Representative Barletta says this is just the first step in the process, and he hopes it means that changes can still be made now.

He's personally concerned about an after-school program in Carbon, Luzerne, and Schuylkill counties called "SHINE" or "Schools and Homes In Education."

Barletta says the 12-year-old program has been highly successful turning kids' lives around.

Statistics show students in the program have seen drastic attendance and graduation improvements.

They get a meal and are kept off the streets.

With the president's budget proposal as is, Barletta says this program would be eliminated.

Barletta is a supporter of President Trump.

He was even the co-chair of his campaign in Pennsylvania and he's hoping he can convince him that some cuts might be a bit too deep.

"I know there are a lot of programs out there that are not successful," he says, adding, "But this is one that is, and I'm hoping that my relationship with the president can bring this program to the forefront and we can not only save this program, but maybe it could be a model for other after-school programs after the country."


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