Ensuring that They Do More than Avert a Budget Crisis
As Monarch Housing has been reporting, Congress has less than a week left to set funding levels for discretionary programs for fiscal year 2014 or risk a government shutdown.
If they avoid a shutdown, by mid-October they will need to raise the debt ceiling or see the nation default on legally binding financial obligations.
A recent report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), “Averting a Budget Crisis Not Enough: Criteria for Evaluating Fall Budget Proposals,” suggests four criteria to be used to evaluate proposals to resolve the pending budget issues:
- Do they strengthen the economic recovery, or do they weaken or slow the recovery?
- Do they protect low-income Americans and avoid increasing poverty and hardship?
- Do they permit adequate investment in core public services, including building blocks of economic growth such as infrastructure, education, and research, as well as efforts to expand economic opportunity?
- Do they reflect a balanced approach, both between budget cuts and revenue increases and between defense and non-defense funding?
As the HUD Budget Call-In Week continues, it is critical that we reach out to our congressional delegation to encourage them to increase HUD funding, including funding for the McKinney-Vento program. A robust HUD budget will protect low-income Americans and avoid increasing poverty and is an important component of a balanced approach.
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