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Keeping Up With the Washingtonians

It's not news that Washington and our country are experiencing unprecedented change. Harder to discern from the major news networks, though, is how these changes impact parks and recreation. In an effort to keep you up-to-date, NRPA's Public Policy team is using new and old approaches to disseminate the latest information. Last Friday, we did our first-ever Facebook Live broadcast where we answered and responded to questions regarding the happenings on Capitol Hill. Feel free to keep the questions coming and we'll do our best to respond to them and keep you informed.

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The biggest takeaway from our live broadcast on Friday is that as we move into the FY2018 budget cycle all bets are off in terms of funding for parks and recreation. Our funding falls under non-defense discretionary funding - something that is targeted to be cut in the future. It is vitally important now to show your federal elected officials why they need to support local parks and recreation. Our work helps reduce health care costs, generates billions in economic activity, and creates vibrant communities. Sign up as a Park Champion to show your legislators that parks and recreation are NOT optional - they are necessary! 
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We are less than one full month into the Trump Administration and the new Congress has just started work on their ambitious agenda. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the remaining Cabinet nominations this week and into March. Congress has quite a bit on their plate as they look to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and start work on President Trump's $1 trillion dollar infrastructure improvement plan.
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With the 115th Congress underway, it's time to meet the legislators leading the Congressional committees handling the legislation that is most important to parks and recreation. When it comes to advocating for the future of our field, it's key that we connect with these members to ensure they continue to value the importance of parks and recreation.
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The 115th session of Congress kicked into high gear in Washington, and the wheels of government are turning again. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have been sworn in and Republicans in the House have officially elected Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to return as the Speaker of the House and oversee their legislative agenda for the next two years.
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Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) has been confirmed as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This is big news for Republicans in Washington who will retain control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, take over the White House, remake Medicare and Medicaid, and seek to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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