Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Tina Smith, D-Minn., joined Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., on a bipartisan letter to the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development urging them to increase funding for the Section 4 Capacity Building program.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 4 Program works with local community development organizations to expand affordable housing, finance small businesses, and provide for other community needs, but President Donald Trump's budget has slated this program for elimination.

The letter-signed by 41 Democratic and Republican senators-urged Chair Susan Collins, R-Maine, and ranking member Jack Reed, D-R.I., to continue their support for Section 4 in fiscal year 2020.

"The Section 4 Program allows HUD to partner with national nonprofit community development organizations to provide education, training, and financial support to local community development corporations across the country," the senators wrote. "From 2014 to 2018, Section 4 helped 973 local CDCs (community development corporations) nationwide leverage approximately $7.7 billion for community and economic development and helped to build or preserve more than 39,000 homes in low-income neighborhoods."