Reminder: Contact Your Lawmakers About FY 2017 Spending Today
The election is quickly approaching, and your members of Congress are returning to Washington, D.C. in two weeks. Please reach out to your legislators today to tell them to finalize FY 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) spending when they return to Washington, D.C. in two weeks! NAHRO is asking its members to take action today and urge Congress to approve a year-long T-HUD bill and to promote responsible funding for housing and community development programs. We are hoping that NAHRO members send 1,000 letters to Capitol Hill – please help us reach that goal!
When it returns to Washington following the election, Congress must deal with government spending before the current continuing resolution (CR) expires on Friday, December 9. Congress has a few options to avoid a government shutdown during the lame duck session: pass another CR to a later date to punt any decision-making until the new Congress; pass a year-long CR that would fund the government at FY 2016 levels for the full 2017 fiscal year; approve individual spending bills in smaller packages or “minibuses”; or approve all 11 remaining appropriations bills in one “omnibus” package.
Operating the government on short-term CRs creates uncertainty and causes problems with some housing and community development programs. Additionally, a year-long CR signifies the failure of regular order and the ability of Congress to fulfill their obligation to the nation to make deliberate spending decisions. Funding the government off a year-long CR can also create problems within programs with costs that rise yearly. Rather than relying on CRs to fund the government beyond December 9, Congress should approve a year-long T-HUD bill to provide responsible funding levels for housing and community development programs.
It is critical that this message be communicated to your lawmakers before they return to Washington! Take action today to support a full-year FY 2017 T-HUD spending bill.