As an update to Monarch Housing’s June 5, 2012 post, “House Releases FY 2013 HUD Bill June 7”, national advocates lead effort to push for all critical HUD funding through the appropriations process. And please remember, it is not too late to join our national allies in doing the same and contacting your representative(s.)
In a May 31, 2012 letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) Chairman Tom Latham (R-IA) and Ranking Member John Olver (D-MA), NLIHC called for robust funding for HUD programs serving extremely low income households, as well as protections for those households.
In the letter, NLIHC President Sheila Crowley urged House appropriators to “continue to attempt to protect extremely low income households currently served by HUD’s housing programs” by providing strong funding for Homeless Assistance and other key programs.
NLIHC also joined 40 members of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) in urging the same message. In a June 1, 2012 letter, CHCDF members urged Latham and Olver to “protect low income Americans by preserving funding for programs in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.”
The House THUD Subcommittee is expected to mark up its FY13 spending bill on Thursday, June, 7, 2012. The Senate Committee on Appropriations marked up its FY13 THUD and Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies spending bills in April and May.
On a related note, on May 31, 2012, the House Committee on Appropriations passed its Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies bill, with an increase in funding to $1.35 billion for Veterans Affairs (VA) homeless programs.
It is unclear how many appropriations bills the House and Senate will bring to the floor for consideration prior to the November election. Instead of passing all of its appropriations bills in time for the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, Congress is expected to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded until after the election and then completes the FY13 spending bills after the election in the lame duck session.
After the election, Congress is also expected to focus on the sequestration of discretionary funding enacted by the Budget Control Act of 2011 and scheduled to begin in January 2013. A coalition of nearly 60 organizations focusing on protecting programs serving low and middle income households through non-defense discretionary spending has formed in preparation for post-election efforts on modifying sequestration.