Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Congress Returns to Washington

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Congress Returns to Washington

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House and Senate members returned to Washington this week for another round of debates and negotiations on issues around which there is little consensus.

Before departing for spring recess a few weeks ago, the House adopted a budget resolution that would allow for $1.02 trillion in discretionary spending in fiscal year 2012.

This is $30 billion less than the $1.05 trillion spending measure adopted a few weeks ago for fiscal year 2011 that included a 16 percent reduction in the Community Development Block Grant program and cuts to other local government federal program priorities. Although the Senate is unlikely to agree to the House number and may push for a higher spending threshold, there should be no doubt that cities will need to continue to fight to preserve funding for our priorities as the process moves forward.

"This is such a crucial time in Washington and a particularly challenging time for cities across America," said NLC Executive Director Donald J. …

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