Last week, NARC attended Hill meetings with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coalition on the Senate side to stress the importance of CDBG grants to local governments. In both the FY 2018 and FY 2019 president’s budgets, the administration recommended Congress to zero out CDBG’s appropriated funding. The House has already passed a bill for FY 2018 that allocated $2.9 billion for CDBG grants. The CDBG coalition met with Senate offices to urge them to appropriate at least $3.3 billion to CDBG as they as making final preparations for their FY 2018 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill, as well as for early consideration in FY 2019. NARC will continue to attend Hill meetings this week to advocate for adequate CDBG funding.