Sending Office: Honorable James P. McGovern
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Support funding for the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) in FY20!

**This is a programmatic appropriations request**

Instructions will be provided for online data entry (CJS submissions are due April 1st)

Deadline to sign onto this appropriations letter is Wednesday, March 27th

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to join our bipartisan letter to Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Subcommittee Chairman Serrano and Ranking Member Aderholt urging them to provide at least level funding for the U.S. Economic Development Administration
in the FY20 CJS Appropriations bill. $304 million was appropriated for EDA in FY19.

If you have any questions or would like to add your name to this letter, please contact Caitlin Hodgkins with Rep. McGovern ( or Matt Blackwell with Rep. Dunn (


James P. McGovern

Member of Congress


Neal P. Dunn M.D.  

Member of Congress


Dear Chairman Serrano and Ranking Member Aderholt:

As you begin preparing the FY 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, we urge you to include in the bill
at least $304 million in programmatic funding for the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), which was the FY19 funding level for EDA. We also respectfully request an increase for the overall EDA administrative budget, for the staff
and resources necessary to effectively and efficiently address the needs of economically distressed communities across the nation. 

Since 1965, EDA has worked directly with local and regional stakeholders to address the economic needs of communities across the country. EDA is unique among federal programs, as it is focused solely on private sector job creation and economic growth in
distressed areas. With a modest budget, EDA has developed a record of making strategic investments and building community and regional partnerships to grow high-quality jobs in areas such as advanced manufacturing, science and technology, and emerging knowledge-based
industries. EDA’s support of locally-driven projects and initiatives leads to job creation and retention, while leveraging significant private investment.  

EDA partners with the nationwide network of Economic Development Districts and state and local officials to address the fundamental building blocks for economic growth: public works and infrastructure investment, business development loans and financing,
regional innovation strategies, and public-private partnerships.

Additionally, EDA is well-positioned to assist communities as they respond to sudden and severe economic dislocations, such as major natural disasters. In fact, the National Disaster Response Framework identifies EDA as the lead agency to assist communities
with economic recovery following a disaster. In light of the recent devastating natural disasters that have wreaked havoc across the nation, the need for sustained funding within the Economic Development Administration is even greater. 

EDA is essential to promoting economic growth and helping our communities recover after natural disasters.  We hope that in crafting the FY 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, you will give consideration to maintaining
at least FY19 level funding for EDA.

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