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Tenney Sends Letter Urging Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman For $750 Million in CSBG Funding

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Washington, June 6, 2018 | comments

Washington, DC— Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) sent a letter to Chairman Tom Cole, Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, urging him to fund the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) at no less than $750 million.

“Cities in the 22nd District including Rome, Utica, and Binghamton all heavily rely on the Community Development Services Block Grants. Importantly, the CSBG program funds organizations like the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Cortland County Community Action Program and Tioga Opportunities Inc., who are all committed to providing vital resources and compassionate assistance to our most at risk populations,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. “Until the Upstate economy is fully restored, CSBG funding is critical for the survival of our communities. Without this funding, our most vulnerable citizens would be left behind.”

The 22nd district receives almost $2 million in CSBG funding used to serve nearly 30,000 individuals. Congresswoman Tenney offered an amendment to restore $10 million is CSBG funding during the FY18 appropriations process. It passed the House with unanimous support.

See full letter below:

June 5, 2018

Dear Chairman Cole,

As your subcommittee finalizes its recommendations for the FY2019 Labor-HHS appropriations bill, we write to urge the subcommittee to fund the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) at no less than $750 million. As Republican Members of Congress, we share your concern that every taxpayer dollar must be spent wisely and accrue to the benefit of the American people. CSBG is a low-cost, high impact program that helps move people from poverty to independence. And, perhaps most importantly, it allows for substantial local control.

CSBG funding supports more than 1,000 local Community Action Agencies, which provide essential services to nearly 16 million low-income people. Local communities depend on CSBG funding to develop extensive community partnerships, coordinate services, respond to emergencies, and fill gaps in services.

Community Action Agencies continue to be on the front lines in helping low-income communities address their unique problems, whether it is bringing transportation to these low-income communities or providing critical post-treatment services to individuals, families and communities impacted by the opioid crisis. Communities all across America rely on their CSBG funded Community Action Agency to help provide opportunities for those most in need.

We realize that you and your committee face difficult funding decisions in this year's Labor HHS appropriations bill. However, after several years of nearly flat funding, it is our hope that the Community Services Block Grant will receive a very modest increase of $35 million, bringing the block grant total to $750 million.

We look forward to working with you as the appropriations process moves forward.


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