What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : S Con Res 18. Fiscal 2006 Budget Resolution/Vote to Restore Funding to the Community Development Block Grant Program. (2005 senate Roll Call 65)
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S Con Res 18. Fiscal 2006 Budget Resolution/Vote to Restore Funding to the Community Development Block Grant Program.
senate Roll Call 65     Mar 17, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The 2006 Budget Resolution-a non-binding blueprint for taxing and spending priorities for the upcoming year and beyond-included no funding for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), a program managed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development which funds the bulk of community and economic development projects across the United States. During debate on the budget resolution, Senator Sarbanes (D-MD) introduced a measure which would have restored funding to CDBG at 2005 levels ($1.89 billion). Progressives voted unanimously in favor of the Sarbanes amendment based on their support for revitalization projects in communities across the U.S. As Senator Stabenow (D-MI) explained, "This is a small way in which we support local communities to create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, support infrastructure, water, sewer, roads-those things that help create jobs." In the view of Senator Sarbanes, "For 30 years, the CDBG program has served as the cornerstone of the federal government's commitment to partnering with state and local governments to strengthen our nation's communities and improve the quality of life for low- and moderate-income Americans." Conservatives voted against the CDBG funding based on their view that the amendment was a tax-and-spend proposal. Senator Gregg (R-NH) explained his opposition in simple terms: "It [the Sarbanes amendment] is a tax-and-spend amendment. Therefore, I would oppose it." Progressives voted unanimously in favor of the Sarbanes proposal, but the measure was narrowly defeated 49-50 and no funding was included in the 2006 Budget Resolution for the Community Development Block Grant Program.

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