41 Congressional lawmakers are asking Ohio Congressman Dave Hobson to help them preserve funding for a program that helps poor people in Appalachia. President Bush has proposed cutting funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission in half. His budget would provide 33 million dollars for ARC instead of the 88 million dollars the joint federal-state agency received last year. Lawmakers from the 13 states in the Appalachian region, including five from Ohio, are fighting these cuts. They are sending a letter to Hobson Wednesday asking him to fully fund the program. Hobson is Chairman of the Subcommittee that will write the bill that finds ARC. The Ohio lawmakers who signed the letter include Republicans Bob Ney, Steve Latourette and Rob Portman, and Democrats Ted Strickland and Tim Ryan.