Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY12) joined a coalition of New York City-based prominent nonprofits on August 21 at a rally calling on members of Congress to increase funding for human services – including housing, nutrition, childcare, support for older adults, and more – by supporting the recently passed House spending plan. The coalition is also urging New York City’s congressional delegation to advance measures to boost economic security for working families and expand affordable housing, and continue fighting against the Trump Administration’s cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Food Program (SNAP).

The rally, which was held at the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement at the Queensbridge Community Center in Long Island City, was led by the Federal Tax & Budget Response Team, a coalition of local nonprofits including FPWA (Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies), Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, UJA-Federation of New York, Fiscal Policy Institute, New York Housing Conference, LiveOn NY, Human Services Council of New York, and United Neighborhood Houses, among others, to advance their federal policy agenda.

When Congress returns from the August recess, the Senate will need to fill in the line-by-line details of agency budgets – using agreed-upon topline numbers – prior to the beginning of the next fiscal year, which begins on October 1. The coalition is asking New York City-area members to urge the Senate to follow the priorities established by the House spending plan.

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