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Congresswoman Claudia Tenney's Amendment to Restore $10 Million to CDBG Funding Passes House Unanimously

Tenney Amendment to Restore $10 Million to CDBG Funding in 2018 Appropriations Bill Passes the House

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Utica, NY, September 8, 2017 | comments
Today, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) announced the passage of her 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 adds $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. 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,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. “A large number of my constituents depend on many of the programs that have been put on the chopping block in this year’s appropriations process, including the CDBG program. Until we have a thriving economy in Upstate, eliminating funding for this important resource would be detrimental to our most vulnerable citizens. That’s why I fought tirelessly to restore funding for the CDBG program which helps expand economic opportunity to help bring communities across the country out of poverty. I would like thank Subcommittee Chairman Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and my colleagues in the House for their support in adding additional funding to this critically 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.
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