Hill Update: Advocacy Key to Adequate Funding
As NJ Hill Day begins, it is clear that Congress is not likely to enact a FY15 Transportation-HUD (THUD) appropriations bill or other appropriations bills before the start of the new Fiscal Year (FY) on October 1, 2014.
Instead, Congress is expected to enact a continuing resolution (CR) providing funding for programs equal to FY14 amounts.
Observers generally agree that a CR would last through the November elections and FY15 appropriations will be left to the lame duck session. While there was some speculation that the House might pass a CR prior to its August recess, it now appears that discussion and passage will occur when Congress reconvenes in September.
Although the House passed its FY15 THUD spending bill on June 10, the Senate bill was pulled from the floor due to disagreement between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about the process for considering amendments to the bill.
Advocates, including Monarch Housing, are urging consideration of the FY15 Senate THUD bill that provides much better funding than both the FY14 enacted levels and the House bill. As we noted before, even if you cannot attend NJ Hill Day, this is the summer to take action to ensure that we have adequate resources to end homelessness. Congress adjourns on July 31st and does not return until September 8th and will only be in session for twelve (12) days before mid-November.