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NASHVILLEBelieve in Service, a political action committee founded by Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler to support federal candidates who will protect and expand vital national service programs, commented today on the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget completely eliminating AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.

“Public service is under attack,” said Believe in Service founder James Mackler. “This budget is an attack on thousands of Americans who want to give back by serving their communities at home and abroad.

“The benefits of service are well known. Service builds character, allows young people to meet and work with diverse groups of people, gives us all a stake in our communities, and can help pay for higher education.

“Unlike this Administration and their congressional enablers, voters do not view national service as a partisan issue. There is a broad bipartisan consensus to maintain or increase federal spending on national service programs.

Believe in Service and our supporters will continue holding anti-service extremists accountable by directly supporting their political opponents.”

The Trump administration’s FY 2019 proposal to end critical national service programs follows the extremist approach taken in the FY 2018 budget, which was written by U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) and supported by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) – both of whom are seeking statewide office in 2018 – that narrowly passed by the House last October.

A survey conducted by Republican polling firm TargetPoint found that 83% of voters want Congress to maintain or increase federal spending on national service programs. The strong bipartisan consensus includes support from 78% of Republicans, 84% of Independents and 90% of Democrats. Economists have found that each dollar invested in national service generates $3.95 in terms of higher earnings, increased output and other community benefits.

Believe in Service, a political action committee founded in December and fueled by individual contributions from donors who want to support and expand national and civic service programs, donates directly to candidates running against anti-service extremists. Believe in Service has endorsed and made a maximum contribution to U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (WI), Governor Phil Bredesen (TN), U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (OH), U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (FL), U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen (NV), U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), and U.S. Senator Jon Tester (MT).

Learn more at BelieveInService.com.