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April 14
​FY 2015 Appropriations Process Moves Ahead

On April 9, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2015 Military Construction/Veteran's Affairs and Legislative Branch Appropriations bills by voice vote. This follows the plan outlined by House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) to move less controversial spending bills at the beginning of the appropriations process. The House Appropriations committee plans to move forward with consideration of the remaining 10 spending bills after the spring recess and once final allocations for each spending bill have been provided by the Congressional Budget Office.

The Senate Appropriations Committee, continued preliminary hearings on their spending bills. Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) plans to begin moving FY 2015 appropriations bills through the committee beginning in May.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has also set aside time this summer – two weeks in June and two weeks in July – for floor time to debate and vote on FY 2015 spending bills. 

NACo has been working with members on both House and Senate appropriation committees about several discretionary funding appropriation bills. Some of NACo’s legislative priorities, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), Community Mental Health Services (CMHS) Block Grant and the State Criminal Alien Assistant Program (SCAAP) had “Dear Colleague Letters” circulating in the House and Senate. To view final letters and see if your Member of Congress signed on, click on the links below.

·     CDBG: “Dear Colleague” led by Reps. Robert Brady (D-Pa.), Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), James McGovern (D-Mass.), Peter King (R-N.Y.), Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) and Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) requesting $3.3 billion in funding for CDBG in FY 2015 included 130 House members signatures. To view the final House Letter, click here. To view the final Senate CDBG letter led by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), click here.

·     PILT: “Dear Colleague” led by Reps. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Scott Tipton (R-Colo.), Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) supported full funding for PILT in FY 2015 included 49 House member signatures. To view the final House letter, click here.

·    CMHS Block Grant: “Dear Colleague” led by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) requested $532 million for FY 2015 in Labor-HHS bill included 24 Senate member signatures. To view the final Senate letter, click here.

·    SCAAP: “Dear Colleague” led by Reps. Gary Miller (R-Calif.), Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), Michael Honda (D-Calif.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) requested $255 million for SCAAP in FY 2015 closed with 32 House Member signatures. To view the final House letter, click here.

NACo will continue to advocate for and monitor county priorities in the FY 2015 appropriations process.

Contact: Daria Daniel (CDBG) at ddaniel@naco.org or 202.942.4212, Paul Beddoe (PILT and CMHS) at pbeddoe@naco.org or 202.942.4234 and Landis Rush (SCAAP) at arush@naco.org or 202.942.4236

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