Posted on: March 2nd, 2012 by NADO Admin

Rep. Brady (D-PA) Circulates Letter to Increase Funding for CDBG in FY2013

The FY2013 appropriations process has begun! Similar to last year’s process, Members of Congress are allowed to submit Programmatic Requests and Language Requests to the Appropriations Subcommittees regarding their FY2013 appropriations priorities. Programmatic Requests direct specific funding levels for agencies and programs while Language Requests can encourage, urge, or direct some type of action by an agency.

Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA) has begun circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter (a programmatic request) in the House urging appropriators to increase funding for HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program as they begin to draft the FY2013 House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill.

The HUD CDBG program continues to face cuts each year. The program was cut from $3.99 billion in FY10 to $3.34 billion in FY11 to $2.94 billion in FY12. This continues a recent downward trend in CDBG funding since the program reached a high of $4.36 billion in FY2003. Rep. Brady’s letter asks appropriators to fund the CDBG program at $3.46 billion (which is the level that the House requested for FY12).

ACTION NEEDED:  Contact your Representatives today and urge them to sign on to Rep. Brady’s HUD CDBG appropriations letter to increase funding for CDBG in FY2013.  The deadline for Members to sign on to the letter is March 13.  Bianca Lacey is handling the letter for Rep. Brady ([email protected] (Bianca NULL.lacey null@null mail 202.225.4731). To view a copy of the letter, click here.

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