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Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Fights to Restore CDBG Funding for Upstate New York

Tenney Introduces Amendment to Restore $10 Million to CDBG Funding in 2018 Appropriations Bill

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Utica, NY, September 6, 2017 | comments
Today, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) introduced an amendment to restore funding to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program by $10 million for Fiscal Year 2018. In the 2018 Fiscal Year Appropriations Bill, the House Appropriations Committee proposed $2.9 billion in funding for CDBG grants, which is $100 million below last year’s funding. President Trump’s budget proposed cutting funding to the CDBG program altogether. Rep. Tenney’s amendment will add $10 million back into CDBG program funding in addition to the $2.9 billion in funding that the House has already proposed for the program.

“I came to Washington with the mission to reform our federal government and eliminate wasteful Washington spending and this remains my goal. Decades of bloated budgets and a lack of fiscal accountability are why our country is inching closer to a debt of nearly $20 trillion. However, my commitment to government reform does not change the fact that I represent a region of the country that has been left behind for too long and continues to experience slow economic growth. A large number of my constituents depend on many of the programs that have been put on the chopping block, including the CDBG program. Eliminating funding for this important resource would be detrimental to our most vulnerable citizens,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. “I will continue to fight to restore funding to the CDBG program until we see a thriving economy in our Upstate communities that have come to rely on this important program.”

The CDBG program began in 1974 and is operated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funding provided by the CDBG program is used in primarily low- to moderate-income level communities throughout the country to finance a wide-range of community development needs including youth services, senior services, employment training and economic development, among a number of other programs.

From 2015-2016, Binghamton received $2,610,988 in CDBG funding, Utica received $1,945,490 and Rome received $968,096.

Rep. Tenney initially voiced concern about cuts to the CDBG program early this year. Following President Trump’s budget proposal in March, Rep. Tenney again reiterated her concern about cuts to the CDBG program.

Rep. Tenney’s amendment has been ruled in order and will be up for a vote during the Appropriations process this week.
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