PRESIDENT INTRODUCES FEDERAL BUDGET THAT INCLUDES CDBG CUTS
President Obama officially released his FY 2012 budget proposal on Monday, February 14. The budget recommends cutting funding for many domestic discretionary programs, including the previously-announced $300-million cut to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Release of the President’s budget marks the beginning of the negotiation process on federal spending between the White House and house and senate leaders, and will play out over the next several months.
Given the tremendous pressure from the White House and House Republicans to cut spending for programs like CDBG, the National League of Cities (NLC) is already coordinating its advocacy efforts to save CDBG with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of Counties, and other national community development organizations, and is meeting with White House officials and congressional members to urge their support for this program, which is essential to job creation and economic recovery efforts in hometowns across America.
(Note: This is a condensed version of a National League of Cities update and is reprinted with NLC’s permission.)