NAHRO advocates have sent approximately 1,300 letters to members of Congress in August. We are so close to reaching our goal of sending 1,500 letters this month! Please help us achieve that goal by sending a letter that urges them to take action quickly on a full year Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) bill.
Congress returns to Washington, DC on Tuesday, September 6, just three weeks before the end of the current fiscal year. Since they failed to approve any regular appropriations bills before they departed for the August recess, Congress will once again be forced to approve a Continuing Resolution (CR) to avoid a government shutdown on October 1.
Before the August recess, debate began on how long a stopgap spending measure would last; all proposals stretched beyond the election in November, but some legislators pushed for the bill to last as long as six months, expiring in March after the new Congress is sworn into office. It is also possible that FY 2017 could be funded through a series of CRs for the entire year.
Funding the government through a stopgap measure has several drawbacks, mostly notably that funding for programs like the Community Development Block Grant program and the HOME Investment Partnerships program aren’t awarded until a full-year spending bill is in place. Additionally, programs that operate on a calendar year are also adversely impacted when a CR runs beyond the end of the calendar year.
It isn’t likely that there will be much clarity on the length of a stopgap spending bill until after Congress returns to Washington and the September 30 deadline approaches, but it’s important to speak out now to urge Congress to finalize spending decisions as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your hard work in August!