Congress has recently returned from their August Recess. One of the important tasks they must tackle upon their return is funding the federal government beyond the end of the current fiscal year that expires on September 30th. It is highly unlikely that they will be able to move any FY 2016 Appropriations bills before September 30th, therefore, they most likely will have to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the federal government operational beginning on October 1st.
By all indications the CR is supposed to buy Congress some time to negotiate a budget deal that would increase the budget caps for FY 2016, as the current budget caps caused the appropriations process to grind to halt this Summer.
With this in mind, it is a great opportunity to welcome Congress back and ask them to support national and community service.
Therefore, we are inviting you to participate in State Service Call Week: Thursday, September 10th through Friday, September 18th. With a network of over one thousand commissioners, a few hundred staff, and hundreds of programs the state service network we have a significant reach. If you include your community partners, program alums, and family members our reach is ten-fold.
In fact, earlier this year, over 500 service commissioners representing nearly every commission signed on to a letter in support of service funding for FY 2016. This is a powerful 14-page document that highlights the breadth and depth of the network of 53 service commissions. This State Service Call Day is another great opportunity to showcase our reach.
We will kick off the call week with an ASC-hosted informational call on Thursday, September 10th at 3:00pm Eastern. Call info is: 712-832-8300 Code 20006. On the call, we will give you a brief update on the current status of the FY 2016 Appropriations legislation, walk you through the process of calling your Members of Congress, offer a few best practices, and answer any questions that folks may have.