Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Senate Passes TTHUD Appopriations Bill: Amendment to Increase CDBG, Housing Money Withdrawn amid Promise to Identify More Funding Sources before Final Vote

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Senate Passes TTHUD Appopriations Bill: Amendment to Increase CDBG, Housing Money Withdrawn amid Promise to Identify More Funding Sources before Final Vote

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In a victory for cities, Senate appropriations leaders promised to increase funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and public housing programs before the appropriations process is complete.

Last week the Senate passed H.R. 3058, the fiscal year 2006 Treasury, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which sets funding levels for many programs including CDBG. The National League of Cities, in partnership with other advocacy organizations, won another important victory in this year's struggle to save and increase funding for CDBG. Once again, grassroots support from local elected officials made the difference.

NLC Executive Director Donald J. Borut highlighted the vital role NLC members play in legislative advocacy.

"With the continued strong support of our state leagues and municipal leaders across the country, NLC and our coalition partners have secured the commitment of the Senate to increase funding for CDBG and Section 8 housing vouchers," Borut said. "This is a strong final step in our 'No Cuts No Move' campaign to secure full funding for CDBG in the Department of Housing and Urban Development."

H.R. 3058, as introduced in the Senate, cut funding for the Community Development Block Grant by 6 percent, to $3.9 billion, which is $251 million below fiscal year 2005 levels.

Senators Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) authored a bipartisan amendment to provide an additional $200 million for the CDBG program, $200 million for the Section 8 Public Housing Voucher Program and $200 million for the Public Housing Operating and Capital funds.

All last week, NLC called upon members to make calls to targeted lists of senators urging their support for CDBG. …

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