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 April 5, 2005
Sen. Jack Reed asks Congress to maintain block grants program
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WASHINGTON Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed is calling on Congress to maintain the Community Development Block Grant program.

Reed says the Bush Administration is trying to eliminate the program as part of a plan to consolidate several economic and community development programs.

The administration has proposed cutting the program's funding and transferring it to the Department of Commerce.

Reed says that's a problem because that department has limited experience with community development, housing and support services.

The Senate voted last month for an amendment that would fully fund the block grant program and leave it with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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