HUD Viewed as Bureaucratic by House

Hill Update: Budget Views and Estimates
Budget Proposal Hearings

House Views HUD as Overly BureaucraticOn March 13, 2014, the House Financial Services Committee marked up its Budget Views and Estimates on the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget proposal.

The Senate also held budget hearings.

The Views and Estimates document portrays the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as an overly bureaucratic agency that lacks prioritization to define the agency’s mission and fails to deliver measureable results. In the document, the Committee criticizes the President for failing to address these issues, and recommends the consolidation of programs and cuts in staff.

During the markup, Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) defended HUD programs and argued that the Budget Views and Estimates document is mis-representative of Members of Congress’ views on affordable housing and homeless assistance programs.

On March 12, 2014, the Senate Budget Committee held a hearing on the President’s FY 2015 budget proposal. During the hearing, Jacob Lew, treasury secretary, praised the President’s Budget Proposal’s prioritization of ending homelessness among veterans and increasing access to affordable housing through funding the Promise Zone initiative.

Also, on March 12, 2014, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing on the FY 2015 budget request for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In his hearing testimony, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, expressed support for the President’s Budget Proposal, noting that ending homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015 remains one of the VA’s top priorities.

Secretary Shinseki pointed to the progress the VA has made in ending homelessness among veterans in recent years, but explained that much work remains to be done. He explained that funding VA programs that assist homeless veterans and their families at the levels requested in the President’s Budget Proposal will play a critical role in enabling the VA to reach its goal.

Last Thursday, March 13, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a similar hearing, during which Secretary Shinseki also testified.

Click here for the Budget Views and Estimates document.

Click here for more information on the markup.

Click here for the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing testimony and webcast.