Statement: Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC (December 22, 2018) — The American Planning Association's President Cynthia Bowen, FAICP, released the following statement today about the government shutdown:

"Today’s federal government shutdown is irresponsible. Many of the departments and programs shuttered by the lack of action on annual appropriations serve the core needs of the nation’s communities — housing, transportation, infrastructure. These programs form the backbone of the federal partnership with local leaders and communities. Federal investments that expand access to opportunity and boost prosperity should be the priority. Planners have a responsibility to serve all people in our communities.

"Government shutdowns and repeated continuing resolutions represent a failure of good governance that led to delays in vital investments, inefficiency, and unpredictability. Instead of putting a lump of coal in the collective national stocking, the White House and Congress need to finish the work of funding the government and provide support for the critical needs of the nation’s communities."

For additional legislative updates and information on federal legislation impacting the nation's communities, visit APA's Legislative Action Center or follow the APA policy blog. Members can join the Planners' Advocacy Network to elevate the planning voice in relation to federal policy.

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