Thanks to all who took action and contacted your Senators in support of S. 1243. Today’s vote is a roadblock to ensuring that HUD programs are adequately funded in FY14, but your calls and emails have been critical to sending the message that adequate funding for federal housing programs is a priority for people across the country.
I am extremely disappointed with the decision to pull the bill from the House calendar today. The prospects for passing this bill in September are bleak at best, given the vote count on passage that was apparent this afternoon. With this action, the House has declined to proceed on the implementation of the very budget it adopted just three months ago. Thus, I believe that the House has made its choice: sequestration – and its unrealistic and ill-conceived discretionary cuts – must be brought to an end. And, it is also clear that the higher funding levels advocated by the Senate are also simply not achievable in this Congress.
Along with our national and state partners, we thank you for reaching out to your Representatives and urging them to vote against H.R. 2610!
Please keep up the good work! Congress will be in recess during August, and Representatives and Senators will head home to work in their districts. Please continue reaching out and encouraging your Senators and Representatives to support HUD programs.