The White House announced it will deliver its FY16 budget request to Congress on February 2. The date, the first Monday in February, is the statutory deadline for the President’s budget to go to Congress. This would be the first time since 2010 that the budget request was transmitted to Congress by this date.
The budget request is the first big event of the FY16 budget and appropriation cycle. Although strict spending caps imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011 would essentially flat-fund non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs in FY16, including HUD programs, it is unclear whether President Barack Obama’s FY16 request will stay within these caps.
If the caps are maintained, NDD programs will continue to be underfunded. NLIHC is part of NDD United, a broad coalition of organizations that work on NDD funded programs, to reverse the spending caps and achieve deficit reduction through more responsible methods. NLIHC represents housing, homeless, and community development organizations on the NDD United Steering Committee.
NLIHC urges organizations to join NLIHC and, thus far, more than 1500 other groups, in a NDD United letter to Congress urging a lifting of the caps and a reversal of the funding sequestration that would occur if Congress breaches the caps. The deadline to sign on to this letter is January 14.
View and sign onto the letter at http://nlihc.org/article/join-ndd-united-signing-letter-protect-hud-and-all-ndd-programs