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Support RCAPs and Rural Water Quality

DEADLINE Thursday, March 15

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 Mark Gilbride ( with
Representative Stivers’ staff or Eddie Wytkind ( with Representative Nolan’s staff.

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


Steve Stivers                                                                           Richard M. Nolan,

Member of Congress                                                               Member of Congress


Hon. Rodney Frelinghuysen


House Committee on Appropriations

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Hon. Tom Cole Chairman


Appropriations Subcommittee Labor – HHS

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Hon. Nita Lowey

Ranking Member

House Committee on Appropriations

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Hon. Rosa DeLauro

Ranking Member

Appropriations Subcommittee Labor- HHS

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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, the Rural Community Facilities Technical Assistance program has helped hundreds of small rural communities since its establishment over three decades ago.  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 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.

We understand that the Committee’s resources are limited and that it will need to carefully allocate funding to programs within the context of efforts to address our national deficit.  In recognition of its positive impact on so many communities across our
country, we ask that your Committee continue its support of this program—which enjoys widespread bipartisan support— by providing RCAPs with strong funding for fiscal year 2019.

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



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