Every year, members of Congress depart from DC to head back to their home states for the month of August. Despite a brief delay enforced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), this year is no different.
Join the groundswell of advocates taking a stand for planning during August recess. Use APA's prepared action alerts — available in the Legislative Action Center — to tell your representatives to #FundTHUD.
What is available in APA's Legislative Action Center?
New! Prepared Tweets
Tell your member of Congress to #FundTHUD by tweeting at them using one of our prepared tweets.
New! Send a Letter
Send a pre-drafted letter to your Congressional officials asking them to fund THUD.
New! Call Script
Call your member of Congress and use our call script to assist you during your call.
New! Scheduling Assistance
Sign up to schedule a meeting with your legislator's staff. Time is running out, and policymakers' schedules are filling up. Act now to get APA staff assistance in scheduling a meeting with your legislators!
The Budget Deadline Is Approaching
Once Congress returns to DC, it will have less than a month to finalize spending levels for fiscal year 2018. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have presented their initial proposals for spending. The cuts proposed by the Trump administration in their original budget proposal were largely ignored in the Senate version of the THUD bill.
The THUD bill that advanced in the House, however, mirrors the Trump administration's original budget proposal by eliminating the TIGER program, cutting New Starts in half, slashing the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, and reducing funding levels for critical planning programs like CDBG and HOME Investment Partnership programs.
Our budget analysis confirms that the Senate THUD bill is far better that the spending bill that has advanced in the House. While neither bill has made it to the floor, Congress must act on passing spending bills soon, so there is no better time than right now, while they are home, to tell your members of Congress to support the Senate THUD bill.
Follow @APAadvocates — APA's policy-focused Twitter handle — to learn what your fellow Advocacy Network members are doing in August to highlight the impact of federal dollars on local planning efforts.
About the Author
Trevor Grady is APA's government affairs associate.