Committees Marked Up Funding Bills May 22 Food and Shelter Increased by $30 million
The full Senate Appropriations Committee mark up for the fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding legislation for the Department of Homeland Security, scheduled to take place on May 16, 2012 was rescheduled for May 22, 2012.
The committee approved $150 million for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in the fiscal year 2013 Homeland Security spending bill by a vote of 27-3. The food and shelter funding represented a hike of $30 million over last year’s spending. EFSP provides food, shelter, and supportive services to those in need.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security voted to provide $120 million for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), the same level as in FY 2012 but $20 million more than the amount requested by the President.
In addition, the Senate Appropriations Committee mark up for FY 2013 funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was also rescheduled to May 22, 2012. The details of the bill include $1.35 billion in FY 2013 for key programs targeted toward homeless veterans, including the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, Grant and Per Diem programs, and case management for the joint Department of Housing and Urban Development – VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers. The full Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take the measure up on Thursday, May 17. This amount matches the amount requested by the President in his Budget Proposal and represents a more than 30 percent increase from FY 2012.
The full House Committee on Appropriations will mark up and vote on similar legislation for FY 2013. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs approved the legislation last week; however, the full details regarding funding levels for homeless veteran programs are not yet available.
Please see last week’s Alliance Online News for further details on the respective Subcommittees’ legislation.