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Rep. Turner Comments on President’s FY2009 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Michael Turner (R-Centerville) issued the following statement on the FY2009 budget proposal released earlier today by President Bush:

“The President’s budget is an effort to reduce spending and balance the budget while providing for our nation’s priorities. While the administration has proposed a budget which seeks to ensure fiscal responsibility without raising taxes, I am concerned about funding reductions of several programs that could impact our community. I am particularly disturbed by the reduced funding for the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). CDBG is essential to our nation’s communities and neighborhoods. Reducing funding to this program hurts people trying to recapture their neighborhoods and revitalize their communities.”

“I do applaud the President for the proposed 30% increase in housing counseling funding for the coming year. Last year, the House accepted my amendment to increase funding available for housing counselors by $6.7 million. During this time of uncertainty in our housing markets, I am pleased that housing counseling remains a priority. While ultimately, every proposal by the President will not be accepted by Congress, the administration has given us a starting point for our work over the next year.”