House Champions Request $15 Million for VITA Funding in FY13
While it seems as though our recent victory – sustaining VITA Grant funding at $12 million for FY2012 – was just yesterday, the work to ensure VITA funding in FY13 is already well under way. You may recall that the President’s FY13 budget proposal included a steady $12 million for Community VITA, and now 38 VITA champs in the House of Representatives have put in a request to the House Appropriations Committee for $15 million in the coming fiscal year.
Last week, Congressman Xavier Becerra of California wrote a letter to Chairwoman Jo Ann Emerson and Ranking Member José Serrano, the leaders of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, requesting the increase in VITA funding in order to support the growing needs of the program. While the letter was being circulated on the Hill for signatures, NCTC members reached out to their Representatives, urging them to sign on. The final letter included signatures from 38 members of Congress from districts across the country. NCTC would like to thank our network for its advocacy outreach, and Rep. Becerra and our Congressional champions for their continued support for VITA!
This was just one step in the long process to secure VITA funding for FY13, but it’s a big step in the right direction. We are currently formulating a companion letter to be circulated on the Senate side, and delivered to the Senate Appropriations Committee leadership – stay tuned for information and action alerts regarding signatures in the Senate. But in the meantime, it’s heartening to know that VITA enjoys continued Congressional support so that our programs can better serve the hardworking families that need it most.