On Thursday, September 10, 2015, CNHED’s Stephen Glaude gave remarks at a press conference and rally sponsored by NDD United, with Reps. Chris Van Hollen (MD-08), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and Barbara Lee (CA-13), and others calling for Congress to raise the spending caps and end sequestration through a bipartisan budget deal before the October 1 deadline. See photos from the event.
CNHED was one of more than 2,500 groups nationally that signed onto a letter calling on Congress to raise the sequester spending caps. The letter was coordinated by NDD United, a broad network of organizations representing non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs. These programs include veterans affairs, medical and scientific research; education and job training; infrastructure; public safety and law enforcement; public health; weather monitoring and environmental protection; international relations; natural and cultural resources; and housing and social services.
One-third of the organizations that signed are from the community development sector, many of whom will be deeply affected by cuts to FY16 HUD funding should the sequester caps remain in place.
“With sequestration relief expiring in fiscal year 2016 and appropriations bills now being written to the sequestered spending caps, we are seeing the difficult tradeoffs necessitated by woefully inadequate and historically low levels of spending after years of deficit reduction. In fact, current NDD funding is the lowest level on record dating back to the Eisenhower administration, relative to the size of the economy,” the letter states.
CNHED is honored to have been asked by our partner, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), to represent the community development sector at the rally and press conference. Read the NLIHC’s statement. A portion is below:
Steve Glaude, Executive Director of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development in Washington, DC, an NLIHC state coalition partner, also spoke at the rally. “Given the loss of critical funding DC suffered after the 2013 sequester cuts, my organization was quick to sign onto the letter being delivered today to Capitol Hill urging Congress to avoid painful and unnecessary cuts in the upcoming fiscal year,” Mr. Glaude said.
“Today, we ask Congress to Raise the Caps,” Mr. Glaude said. “Raise the caps so the House’s housing appropriations bill, which is written under the spending caps’ limits, does not force 280 of DC’s lowest income families to leave the Section 8 rental assistance voucher program. Raise the caps so the Senate committee’s housing appropriations bill, which also follows the caps’ limits, does not reduce DC’s HOME program funding from $3.7 million to $240,000 next year. Raise the caps so the House’s housing funding bill, which would empty funds from the National Housing Trust Fund, is not enacted into law.”