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ADVOCACY
August Recess: Time to
Meet Your Member!
By Dan McCarthy
A
their
ugust is upon us, and that means Congress will be out for a
month-long recess. However, contrary to popular belief, our
representatives and senators are not on vacation. Most are still
hard at work, back home in their states and districts rather than
in our nation's capital.
While in the district, elected
officials
constituents
highly
prioritize engaging with
during
visible public events that can allow
for some public relations-boosting
photo ops. This extended period
of members of Congress (MOCs)
being nearby presents an excellent
opportunity for park and recreation
departments to deepen relationships
with your elected officials.
Advocate for Your Budget
The August recess presents a timely
opportunity to showcase the
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power of parks to our friends in
Congress as MOCs continue to
negotiate the federal government's
spending budgets for the next fiscal
year. Known as the appropriations
process (tinyurl.com/74ueavrm),
these budget
this spring when representatives
submitted requests to appropriations
committees for funding on
specific projects in their districts
- known as community project
funding,
formerly
(tinyurl.com/5j8yhaky).
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" earmarks "
The
Biden administration communiEffectively
telling your story can expand
lawmakers' awareness of the multipronged
community benefits parks and
recreation provides.
talks began earlier
cated its priorities by submitting
a budget proposal to Congress for
the upcoming fiscal year.
The House and Senate Appropriations
Committees, the internal
groups of lawmakers charged with
finalizing Congress' budget, have
until September 30 to hash out a
final budget. If they don't meet this
deadline, the logistical and political
nightmare of a government shutdown
looms large. The incentives
to avoid this situation encourage
Congress to get the budget done
sooner rather than later. However,
Congress has occasionally extended
budget talks by passing a
continuing resolution, a provisional
budget that allows the federal
government to continue operating
with level funding.
A site visit to one of your trails,
parks and/or facilities is an excellent
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