From: The Honorable Rick Larsen
Sent By:
sam.schuiteman@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/27/2017

Current FY18 Signers (51):  Roger Williams, Frank LoBiondo, Kristi Noem, Rick Larsen, Susan Davis, Tom O’Halleran, Bill Pascrell Jr., Juan Vargas, Suzan DelBene, Mark Meadows, Bill Foster, Don Young, Tony Cardenas, Bobby L. Rush, Dan Lipinski,
David Cicilline, Donald Beyer, Ron Kind, Denny Heck, Ben Ray Lujan, Sheila Jackson Lee, Mike Bost, Gregory W. Meeks, Danny K. Davis, Sean Patrick Maloney, William Pascrell, Elise Stefanik, Michael R. Turner, Tom MacArthur, Seth Moulton, Mark DeSaulnier, Chellie
Pingree, Bradley S. Schneider, Joe Courtney, Carol Shea-Porter, Joaqin Castro, Richard Nolan, Raul Ruiz, Gerald Connolly, Peter Welch, Don Bacon, Walter Jones, Julia Brownley, Raul Grijalva, Lynn Jenkins, Al Green, Pramila Jayapal, Doug Lamborn, Brian Babin,
Michelle Lujan Grisham, Lamar Smith, Don Bacon.

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join the below letter encouraging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to support strong funding for Impact Aid.  The deadline to sign on is Friday, March 31. 

Impact Aid provides direct, flexible funding to over 1,200 school districts, and supports school needs including facilities renovation, programs to retain highly qualified teachers, and transportation for students. Impact Aid is critical for schools with
high numbers of children from military families or children who reside on Indian lands, and schools where federal activity has reduced the available tax base. We urge you to support this important bipartisan effort to support our schools and provide tax relief
for local communities. The letter supports funding for all line items of the Impact Aid program.

If you have questions or would like to sign on, please contact:
Nicole with Rep. Williams: Nicole.Lansford@mail.house.gov,
Matthew with Rep. LoBiondo: Matthew.Moran@mail.house.gov,
Andrew with Rep. Noem: Andrew.Christianson@mail.house.gov,
Sam with Rep. Larsen: Sam.Schuiteman@mail.house.gov, or
Armita with Rep. Davis: Armita.Pedramrazi@mail.house.gov

Sincerely,

Roger Williams                      Frank LoBiondo                     Kristi Noem
Member of Congress              Member of Congress              Member of Congress

Rick Larsen                            Susan Davis
Member of Congress              Member of Congress

 

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March XX, 2017

The Honorable Tom Cole                                            The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
Chairman                                                                      Ranking Member
Subcommittee on LHHSED                                        Subcommittee on LHHSED
Committee on Appropriations                                     Committee on Appropriations
2358-B Rayburn HOB                                                 1016 Longworth HOB
Washington DC, 20515                                               Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:

We urge you to recognize the importance of the Federal Impact Aid Program as you set the

Appropriation Subcommittee’s funding priorities for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. We fully recognize the fiscal restraint that will govern the Subcommittee’s actions this year, but we request strong and continued funding for all line items of the Impact Aid Program,
including Basic Support and Federal Properties, to ensure all federally connected school districts can provide a quality education.

Congress created Impact Aid in 1950 in recognition that the federal government needed to accept responsibility in areas impacted by a federal presence and help meet the local responsibility of financing public education. Impact Aid provides a payment in
lieu of taxes to local school districts for lost revenue that is a result of tax-exempt federal property and actions that have increased expenditures due to the enrollment of federally connected children. The program provides direct, flexible funding to over
1,200 school districts. Impact Aid funds a range of programs, including facilities renovation, efforts to retain highly qualified teachers, adequate technology, and maintenance of transportation fleets. For many districts, this funding represents the very
lifeblood that allows their school system to operate.

Congress should prioritize Basic Support to ensure the current payout level to school districts is maintained. For districts enrolling military children, the ability to address both the academic and emotional needs of these students must be maintained. Education
is a quality-of-life issue for military families, and it is our firm belief that as military personnel defend our country we must not forget or ignore the children they leave behind.

The needs of districts enrolling children who reside on Indian lands—of whom over 93 percent are Native American—also must not be overlooked. These districts strive to find creative ways to integrate curriculum and best practices to prepare students for
success. Often, these school districts are located in rural areas with few taxpayers and where administrators double as bus drivers, teachers, and coaches. These dollars provide a foundational education program for all students; many schools would close their
doors without the support of Impact Aid.

Federal Properties school districts depend on Impact Aid due to a limited local tax base caused by the presence of certain federal land in their districts, including national parks and grasslands, national laboratories, Army Corps of Engineering projects,
and property that encompasses the military academies. In some of these communities, the federal government is the largest landowner, which significantly diminishes a school district’s revenue base. Congress should prioritize this funding stream to reflect
the addition of eligible Federal Property school districts.

We realize the Subcommittee will be working under significant budget constraints. However, we urge you to support strong and continued funding for the entire Impact Aid Program. The potential of long-term funding stagnation or program cuts is of serious
concern given the changing needs of the program and the students they serve. Impact Aid is not only the federal government’s obligation, but also a tax relief program for local communities. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of our request.

Sincerely,