National CAPACD’s Statement on Passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Bill
Today, the President signed the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Bill into law, which funds the government through September 30, 2018. The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) is pleased that the House and Senate chose to support increased funding for critical social programs such as homelessness prevention, rental assistance, community development funding, and health services. We are also pleased to see that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will remain independent, outside of the political control of the Appropriations Committee.
However, National CAPACD is disappointed that this bill does nothing to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients. Congress made promises to protect the 800,000 Dreamers who face the risk of deportation. We must continue to fight to ensure justice for Dreamers and their families by demanding that Congress pass a clean Dream Act.
Congress must honor its commitment to protecting low-income people and communities of color as it begins to consider funding for FY 2019. This commitment requires robust funding for affordable housing, community development, health care, social security, Medicare, and other crucial social programs. As the funding conversations continue, National CAPACD will continue to urge policymakers to make the right decisions for our communities.