City Leaders Urge Congress to Support Hometown Investments Via CDBG

This month, Congressional champions of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program circulated letters urging House and Senate Appropriators to stop further cuts and make CDBG a spending priority. Local officials helped significantly to get their Members of Congress to sign these letters.

In the House, Congressman Robert Brady (D-PA) wrote and circulated a letter arguing for greater federal investment in CDBG grants at $3.4 billion for FY 2013. Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA) joined Rep. Brady as the top Republican to co-sign the letter and, unlike last year, gave the request an important bipartisan boost in the House. In total, 137 Members of Congress signed the Brady-Barletta CDBG support letter to the House Appropriations Committee, an increase of more than 50 over similar letters last year.

In the Senate, as in past years, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) authored and circulated a letter urging Senate Appropriators to raise CDBG funding to $3.3 billion for FY 2013. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) joined Senator Leahy in signing the bipartisan letter. In total, 34 Senators signed the Leahy-Brown CDBG support letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, a gain of 5 over last year.

The potential impact of the House and Senate CDBG support letters on FY 2013 funding depends on many factors, including how budget sequestration is dealt with. And bipartisan support for CDBG remains much too lopsided. However, lifting the trend in Congressional support for CDBG is a significant accomplishment and, more importantly, a necessary first step to reversing the downward trend in funding.

NLC expects Congress to set overall allocation for Transportation-HUD appropriations sometime in the next three weeks. Soon after, Appropriators will release their first drafts of FY 2013 spending bills that give us funding levels for individual federal programs like CDBG. After that, local leaders and stakeholders will have a small number of additional opportunities through amendments and House/Senate negotiations to impact funding for their priorities.

Related: Local Officials behind Growing Support for CDBG, but Process and Partisanship Remain Significant Challenge (CitiesSpeak, 3/22/12) 

Final Senate Signers to the Leahy-Brown CDBG Letter
Democrats in plain font
Republicans in italic font

  1. Leahy
  2. Brown, MA
  3. Landrieu, LA
  4. Harkin, IA
  5. Wyden, OR
  6. Coons, DE
  7. Lieberman, CT 
  8. Kerry, MA
  9. Whitehouse, RI
  10. Franken, MN
  11. Gillibrand, NY
  12. Menendez, NJ
  13. Merkley, OR
  14. Stabenow, MI
  15. Nelson, FL
  16. Begich, AK
  17. Sanders, VT
  18. Levin, MI
  19. Blumenthal, CT
  20. Casey, PA
  21. Rockefeller, WV
  22. Shaheen, NH
  23. Schumer, NY
  24. Reed, RI
  25. Brown, OH 
  26. Lautenberg, NJ
  27. Cardin, MD
  28. Boxer, CA
  29. Klobuchar, MN
  30. Durbin, IL
  31. Feinstein, CA
  32. Johnson, SD
  33. Akaka, HI
  34. Cantwell, WA
Final House Signers of Brady-Barletta CDBG Support Letter
Democrats in plain font
Republicans in italic font         

  1. Robert A. Brady, PA
  2. Lou Barletta, PA
  3. Gary L. Ackerman, NY
  4. Robert E. Andrews, NJ
  5. Joe Baca, CA
  6. Tammy Baldwin, WI
  7. Karen Bass, CA
  8. Xavier Becerra, CA
  9. Shelley Berkley, NV
  10. Howard Berman, CA
  11. Earl Blumenauer, OR
  12. Suzanne Bonamici, OR
  13. Dan Boren, OK
  14. Leonard Boswell, IA
  15. Bruce Braley, IA
  16. Corrine Brown, FL
  17. Lois Capps, CA
  18. Michael Capuano, MA
  19. Dennis Cardoza, CA
  20. Russ Carnahan, MO
  21. André Carson, IN
  22. Ben Chandle, KY
  23. Judy Chu, CA
  24. David Cicilline, RI
  25. Hansen Clarke, MI
  26. Yvette D. Clarke, NY
  27. William Lacy Clay, MO
  28. Emanuel Cleaver, II, MO
  29. Steve Cohen, TN
  30. Gerald Connolly, VA
  31. John Conyers, Jr., MI
  32. Jim Costa, CA
  33. Mark S. Critz, PA
  34. Elijah E. Cummings, MD
  35. Danny K. Davis, IL
  36. Susan Davis, CA
  37. Peter DeFazio, OR
  38. Diana DeGette, CO
  39. Rosa DeLauro, CT
  40. Ted Deutch, FL
  41. John D. Dingell, MI
  42. Lloyd Doggett, TX
  43. Mike Doyle, PA
  44. Donna Edwards, MD
  45. Keith Ellison, MN
  46. Eliot L. Engel, NY
  47. Anna Eshoo, CA
  48. Chaka Fattah, PA
  49. Bob Filner, CA
  50. Marcia Fudge, OH
  51. Charles Gonzalez, TX
  52. Al Green, TX
  53. Gene Green, TX
  54. Raúl Grijalva, AZ
  55. Janice Hahn, CA
  56. Colleen W. Hanabusa, HI
  57. Alcee L. Hastings, FL
  58. Martin Heinrich, NM
  59. Brian Higgins, NY
  60. Maurice D. Hinchey, NY
  61. Rubén Hinojosa, TX
  62. Mazie K. Hirono, HI
  63. Tim Holden, PA
  64. Rush D. Holt, NJ
  65. Steve Israel, NY
  66. Sheila Jackson Lee, TX
  67. Eddie Bernice Johnson, TX
  68. Henry "Hank" Johnson, Jr., GA
  69. Bill Keating, MA
  70. Dale E. Kildee, MI
  71. Ron Kind, WI
  72. Larry Kissell, NC
  73. Dennis J. Kucinich, OH
  74. James R. Langevin, RI
  75. Barbara Lee, CA
  76. Sander Levin, MI
  77. John Lewis, GA
  78. Dave Loebsack, IA
  79. Ben Ray Luján, NM
  80. Stephen Lynch, MA
  81. Carolyn B. Maloney, NY
  82. Edward J. Markey, MA
  83. Doris O. Matsui, CA
  84. Carolyn McCarthy, NY
  85. James P. McGovern, MA
  86. Mike McIntyre, NC
  87. Jerry McNerney, CA
  88. Michael H. Michaud, ME
  89. Brad Miller, NC
  90. Gwen Moore, WI
  91. Jim Moran, VA
  92. Chris Murphy, CT
  93. Jerrold Nadler, NY
  94. Grace F. Napolitano, CA
  95. Richard E. Neal, MA
  96. Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC
  97. Bill Pascrell, Jr., NJ
  98. Gary Peters, MI
  99. Collin Peterson, MN
  100. Pedro R. Pierluisi, PR
  101. Chellie Pingree, ME
  102. Mike Quigley, IL
  103. Nick J. Rahall, WV
  104. Charles Rangel, NY
  105. Silvestre Reyes, TX
  106. Laura Richardson, CA
  107. Cedric Richmond, LA
  108. Mike Ross, AR
  109. Lucille Roybal-Allard, CA
  110. Dutch Ruppersburger, MD
  111. Bobby L. Rush, IL
  112. Tim Ryan, OH
  113. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, NMI
  114. Linda Sanchez, CA
  115. Loretta F. Sanchez, CA
  116. Jan Schakowsky, IL
  117. Kurt Schrader, OR
  118. Allyson Y. Schwartz, PA
  119. David Scott, GA
  120. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, VA
  121. Brad Sherman, CA
  122. Albio Sires, NJ
  123. Louise McIntosh Slaughter, NY
  124. Adam Smith, WA
  125. Pete Stark, CA
  126. Betty Sutton, OH
  127. Glenn Thompson, PA
  128. John F. Tierney, MA
  129. Paul Tonko, NY
  130. Edolphus Towns, NY
  131. Niki Tsongas, MA
  132. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, FL
  133. Melvin L. Watt, NC
  134. Peter Welch, VT
  135. Frederica Wilson, FL
  136. Lynn Woolsey, CA
  137. John A. Yarmuth, KY