WASHINGTON, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ responds to yesterday's House and Senate Appropriation Committee Votes:
"Leaders across the country are dismayed by today's House Appropriations Committee vote to slash CDBG funding by nearly 50 percent to $1.6 billion, the lowest level since 1975. Cuts to CDBG will hurt our neighborhoods and families. The reality is that a reduction in CDBG funding will have little real impact on shrinking the federal deficit but will costs our communities thousands of projects and jobs.
"Despite the outcome of today's vote, we were grateful for the effort Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) lead to restore CDBG funding to the Senate level of just over $3 billion, the program's current level. Although the amendment did not pass, it put a spotlight on the concerns of local officials.
"While the House vote was a disappointing blow, cities and towns fared better in the Senate Appropriations Committee which also passed a spending bill today. That bill largely preserves CDBG funding at the current level. Community Development Block Grants are central to revitalization and economic recovery efforts in our neighborhoods and one of the most effective and transparent federal programs cities depend on. We will continue to fight for this program."
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.
SOURCE National League of Cities