NACAA Asks Senate Appropriators to Provide Level Funding for FY 2018

October 17, 2017 – NACAA sent a letter to Senators Thad Cochran and Patrick Leahy, Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, respectively, requesting that Congress, at a minimum, continue to fund state and local air grants under Sections 103/105 at the same level as in FY 2017 ($228.2 million).  The Senate Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies will soon hold mark-up of the bill containing FY 2018 funding for EPA. The full Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to mark up the bill shortly thereafter.  In the letter, NACAA emphasized the importance of adequate funding for state and local agencies to carry out their responsibilities under the Clean Air Act, protect public health and provide necessary services to the community.  The House of Representatives, on September 14, 2017, adopted H.R. 3354, which called for level funding for state and local air grants in FY 2018.  The federal government is operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR) that lasts until December 8, 2017, by which time Congress must adopt an appropriations bill for FY 2018, extend the CR or face a government shutdown.