Take Action on FY2017 Appropriations
Key federal programs important to regions need protecting in FY2017 appropriations legislation. Several of these programs are addressed by “Dear Colleague” letters currently circulating in Congress. If these programs benefit your organization or region, we urge you to contact your House and Senate members and ask them to sign on. Please note that the deadlines vary, but all are the week after next.
Urge Your Congressman to Sustain the FY2016 Enacted Level of $261M
Deadline: MARCH 18
A House letter regarding Economic Development Agency (EDA) funding is circulating from Representatives John Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and James McGovern (D-MA). To sign on, members can contact Caitlin Hodgkins (McGovern) at email@example.com. Click HERE to view the letter.
Regional Job Creation Funding
Urge Your Congressman to Continue Sufficient Funding that Supports Regional Industry Clusters and Innovation Strategies
Deadline: MARCH 16
A House letter supporting robust funding for EDA’s Regional Innovation Program is circulating from Representatives David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and Randy Hultgren (R-IL). The Regional Innovation Program encourages and supports the development of regional innovation strategies. This program was funded for the first time in FY2014 and was funded again in the recent FY2016 Omnibus appropriations bill. To sign on, members can contact Ross Brennan (Cicilline) at Ross.Brennan@mail.house.gov or Andrew Mooney (Hultgren) at Andrew.Mooney@mail.house.gov. Click HERE to view the letter.
Clean Water & Drinking Water SRFs
Urge Your Congressman to Support Robust Appropriations Funding for Clean and Safe Water Infrastructure
No Deadline Listed
A House letter regarding the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) is circulating from Transportation & Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter Defazio (D-OR) and other Democrats. The letter recommends a minimum appropriation of $2 billion for each program in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s funding package to address water-related infrastructure challenges. To sign on, members can contact Ryan Seiger at firstname.lastname@example.org (the lead on the Clean Water SRF) or Jean Fruci at email@example.com (the lead on the Drinking Water SRF). Click HERE to view the letter.
Urge Your Senators to Support $3.3B in Formula Funds for CDBG
Deadline: MARCH 15
A Senate letter regarding the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is circulating from Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The CDBG program helps approximately 1,200 entitlement cities, urban counties, and states meet the needs of low- and moderate-income communities by supporting homeownership, housing rehabilitation, public improvements, and economic development projects while encouraging local investment. To sign on, members can contact Erica Chabot at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click HERE to view the letter.
Byrne JAG Funding
Urge Your Congressman and Senators to Protect the Byrne JAG Program
Deadline: MARCH 17
A House letter regarding the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) Program is circulating from Representatives Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ). The program facilitates cross-governmental intelligence and information sharing to address today’s criminal networks that cross city, state, and international boundaries. To sign on, members can contact Robert Biestman (Reichert) at email@example.com or Dylan Soldaro (Pascrell) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click HERE to view the letter.
Deadline: MARCH 15
A Senate letter is circulating from Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA). To sign on, members can contact Evelyn Fortier (Grassley) at email@example.com or Amanda Turner (Cantwell) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click HERE to view the letter.
Older Americans Act
Urge Your Senators to Push for OAA Funding Increases
Deadline: MARCH 10
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has again this year circulated a letter to his fellow Senators requesting their signatures in support of a request to Senate Appropriations Labor/HHS/Education Subcommittee leaders to increase funding support to Older Americans Act (OAA) programs by at least 12 percent in FY2017. The annual appropriations process that determines FY 2017 OAA funding is just beginning. This letter will be one of thousands sent to the Appropriations Committee’s leaders asking for particular funding levels for thousands of federal discretionary programs. More details HERE. Click HERE to view the letter.
Community Health Center Funding
Urge Your Congressman and Senators to Support Continued Funding for Community Health Centers
Deadline: MARCH 15
A House letter regarding Health Center Appropriations is circulating from Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Gene Green (D-TX). Over 1,300 health center organizations serve more than 9,000 urban and rural communities nationwide, providing primary care, dental, behavioral, pharmacy, vision, and a variety of complementary services to America’s most vulnerable communities. To sign on, members can contact Kristin Seum (Bilirakis) at email@example.com or Kristen O’Neill (Green) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click HERE to view the letter.
Deadline: MARCH 18
A Senate letter regarding Health Center Appropriations is circulating from Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). To sign on, members can contact Sarah Lloyd Stevenson at email@example.com. Click HERE to view the letter.
Please contact Erich Zimmermann (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.