News Release: March 22, 2018

APA Applauds Congress’s Responsible FY 2018 Omnibus Funding Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Planning Association (APA) applauds the work of Congress in advancing a responsible omnibus spending bill released last night that provides necessary federal support to ensure our communities are just and prosperous. Now, APA urges Congress to move forward with passage of the proposed FY 2018 omnibus spending bill today to avoid another government shutdown and sixth continuing resolution.

APA released the following statement this morning in support of the bill:

“APA supports the critical investments in the future of our communities reflected in the FY 2018 omnibus spending bill released last night. We applaud the work of Congress in moving forward a funding bill that provides needed boosts for a range of transportation, housing, community development, data and critical infrastructure programs.
"Advocates for good planning have long urged Congress to support these programs, and the omnibus represents a victory for those voices urging new investment in stronger, more prosperous communities.
"APA calls on Congress to adopt this legislation and hopes that this funding bill forms the foundation for renewed federal efforts supporting our infrastructure, our communities, and our future.”

APA has long been an advocate of responsible spending legislation that provides federal support for the nation’s communities. Last year, when President Trump unveiled his FY 2018 budget proposal, APA’s Planners' Advocacy Network members were quick to contact their congressional representatives urging rejection of the proposed cuts to housing, infrastructure, transportation and other vital community programs.

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.

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Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395;