NACo LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development
Appropriations Subcommittee Releases FY2014 Funding Bill
That Cuts CDBG by $1.4 Billion
On June 18, Subcommittee Chairman Tom Latham (R-IA) released the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee draft FY2014 appropriations bill. The bill includes $1.6 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for FY2014, which would be a $1.4 billion cut from the FY2013 level. CDBG is currently funded $3.07 billion for FY2013, which includes the sequestration cut.
CDBG has been drastically reduced in recent years, having been cut by nearly 25 percent (or $1 billion) since FY2010. The Obama Administration’s FY2014 budget proposed a $280 million cut to CDBG (down to $2.78 billion). The House T-HUD appropriations subcommittee proposed level is well below the Administration’s proposal.
Today, the House T-HUD appropriations subcommittee passed the $44.1 billion appropriations bill by voice vote. The full appropriations committee mark-up is scheduled for next Thursday, June 27, 2013.
Immediate Action Needed
CONTACT YOUR HOUSE MEMBERS THAT SERVE ON THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, especially those that are on the T-HUD appropriations subcommittee, and urge them not to make such a drastic cut to the CDBG program. Specifically, let them know what projects CDBG has funded in your county and/or how a certain project would not have been possible without CDBG. Ask them to consider offering an amendment to increase funding for CDBG during the full appropriations committee mark-up on June 27. Members of the House Appropriations Committee are listed below.
The Community Development Block Grant program was enacted in 1974 to provide block grant funding for community development programs. The program assists urban, suburban, and rural communities to improve housing and living conditions, and expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate income persons. CDBG helps to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses, and counties use the flexibility of CDBG to partner with private and nonprofit sectors to address local community and economic development, housing, water, infrastructure and human service needs.
CDBG has been drastically reduced in recent years, having been cut by nearly 25 percent (or $1 billion) since FY2010. CDBG is currently funded at close to $3.07 billion for FY2013, which includes the sequestration cut. The Obama Administration’s FY2014 budget proposes a $280 million cut to CDBG (down to $2.78 billion).
Members of the House Appropriations Committee
* Members of the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee
Click here to view NACo’s Legislative Brief on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
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