From: The Honorable Steve Stivers
Sent By:
nick.bush@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/28/2017

Support Funding for HHS Rural Community Facilities Technical Assistance Program

Bipartisan Programmatic Request

DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2017 (Letter Sign-On)

DEADLINE: THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017 (Appropriations Submission)

Current cosigners include

Stivers, Nolan, Loebsack, O’Halleran, Gibbs,
Ellison, Carter (GA), McKinley, Pingree, Kelly (IL), Garamendi,
Thompson (PA), Vela, Amata Radewagen (AS), Peterson , DeSaulnier, Kildee,
Abraham, Faso, Duncan (TN), Soto, Welch, Polis, Johnson (OH), Ruiz,
Cramer, Blumenauer, Gonzalez (TX)

March 20, 2017

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in asking the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to provide adequate funding levels for Rural Community Facilities Technical Assistance Program authorized under Section 680(a)(3)(B)
of the Community Services Block Grant Act and administered by the Department of Health and Human Services in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Appropriations bill.

Through the Rural Community Facilities Program, low-income rural communities receive training and technical assistance for developing and managing affordable and safe water and wastewater treatment facilities.  This program helps hundreds of communities
each year, benefiting over a million rural residents.

Providing sufficient appropriations for the Rural Community Facilities Program is essential for improving the quality of life and economic opportunity in rural America.

I hope you will join us in supporting adequate funding for this crucial program. If you have questions or would like to sign on to the letter, please contact Nick Bush (nick.bush@mail.house.gov) with Representative
Stivers’ staff or eddie.wytkind@mail.house.gov with Representative Nolan’s staff.

Thank you for your consideration and see the letter text below.

Sincerely,

 

Steve Stivers                                                                           Richard M. Nolan,

Member of Congress                                                               Member of Congress

 

March XX, 2017

Hon. Rodney Frelinghuysen

Chairman
House Committee on Appropriations

2306 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Hon. Nita Lowey

Ranking Member

House Committee on Appropriations

2365 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Hon. Tom Cole

Chairman

House Subcommittee Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

2458 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Hon. Rosa DeLauro

Ranking Member

House Subcommittee Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

2458 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Frelinghuysen, Ranking Member Lowey, Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:

Thank you for your past support of the Rural Community Facilities Technical Assistance program authorized under section 680(a)(3)(B) of the Community Services Block Grant Act and administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As you are
aware, this program has helped hundreds of small rural communities since its establishment over three decades ago. We are writing to request a Fiscal Year 2018 appropriation of $7.5 million, which is the amount included for this account in the House Fiscal
Year 2017 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5926).

The Rural Community Facilities program has impacted the lives of families and businesses in a real way, improving access to clean water and adequate waste disposal systems to small towns and farming communities across rural America.  The principal grantees
of the Rural Facilities technical assistance are six regional, nonprofit organizations – Rural Community Assistance Partnerships (RCAPs). RCAPs work with small communities with an average population of approximately 1,000 people that are struggling to maintain
and update their wastewater and drinking water systems.

Adequate water and waste disposal systems are essential elements in building a community, improving its economy, creating jobs and reducing poverty.  Without clean water or adequate water infrastructure, opportunities for economic growth are limited, and
the development of housing, schools, and commercial and industrial facilities is nearly impossible.

Many communities rely on the Rural Community Facilities Technical Assistance program. The services financed through this program are as critical as ever, and it is our hope that you will fund this program at the level included in the House Fiscal Year 2017
Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5926).

Thank you for your support and attention to this matter. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

 

Steve Stivers                                                                           Richard M. Nolan,

Member of Congress                                                               Member of Congress