NADO Issues Action Alert on Rep. Pompeo Bill to Eliminate EDA

Posted on: November 18th, 2011 by NADO Admin

On October 4, 2011, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) introduced legislation (H.R. 3090), the EDA Elimination Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives to eliminate the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).  Since introducing the bill, Rep. Pompeo has been aggressively pushing the legislation through blogs, cable news appearances, and multiple “Dear Colleague” letters in the House.  Many of Rep. Pompeo’s statements about the agency and its investments are erroneous, misleading, or sourced from dated Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports from the early 1980s.

While Rep. Pompeo’s legislation is not expected to be considered or passed during the current year, the proposal makes it harder for the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to maintain level funding for EDA in the future.  In addition, it makes it more difficult to advance a multi-year reauthorization bill in the House and Senate next year.

It is important to remember that EDA recently received an overwhelming show of bipartisan Congressional support.  During the U.S. House of Representatives debate on the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 (H.R. 1), Rep. Michael Michaud (D-ME) successfully offered an amendment to restore a proposed $80 million cut, or 33 percent reduction, in EDA’s FY2011 funding.  The House agreed, by a strong bipartisan vote of 305 to 127, to retain EDA’s funding at the FY2010 enacted level.  With 60 percent of the Republican caucus and 83 percent of the Democratic caucus supporting full funding for EDA, this was a clear demonstration of Congressional support for the agency and the need for future strategic public investments for economic development.

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