Congress has already begun working on its FY 2013 appropriations legislation. This legislation will carry funding for a wide variety of priority programs utilized by local governments, including CDBG, HOME, COPS, Byrne/JAG, formula highway and transit funding, and the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund.
Continuing the fight that culminated in a near government shut-down last summer when Congress' Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the Super Committee) failed to reach agreement on spending reductions for the next 10 years, House and Senate leaders are now working to organize their FY 2013 appropriations bills with an emphasis on deficit reduction.
The League is working to implement a strategy to persuade California's 53 member congressional delegation and two Senators to hold the line on funding for these priority programs in FY 2013. This is a critical time for cities to weigh in with the leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations committees as well as the members of Congress from to request full funding for priority programs like CDBG, HOME, COPS, Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, homeland security, the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund and formula highway and transit funding.
The League has also issued a survey to cities to answer the following questions:
What local projects and initiatives cities are using funding from these programs to support?
Economic impact: How funding from these programs has helped your city increase or retain jobs, leverage private or state funding, help small businesses and support local economic expansion?
What is the impact of cuts to these programs on your cities?
Using the survey results, the League will organize materials and will share with each of our California congressional delegation that include information from cities within each member's district, so they see exactly how cuts to these programs are harming those cities within their district.
If your city has not yet completed the survey, please complete it on the League's website as soon as possible.
In addition, congressional members are currently in their districts through April 15, and will be in their districts again April 30 through May 4. The League urges city officials to meet with them directly and discuss the need to hold the line at FY 2012 spending levels for our priority federal programs.