Congress Overwhelmingly Passes Fiscal Package

$1.15T in Spending and $620B in Tax Breaks
NJ Votes Yes Except for Garrett and Lance

Hill UpdateOn December 18, 2015, Congress overwhelmingly passed a year-end fiscal package that combined a $1.15 trillion spending measure and $620 billion in tax breaks for businesses and low-income workers.

In the Senate, both U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker voted for the package. In the House, the vote was as follows:

YeaNJ-1 Norcross, Donald (D)
YeaNJ-2LoBiondo, Frank [R]
YeaNJ-3 MacArthur, Tom [R]
YeaNJ-4Smith, Christopher [R]
NayNJ-5Garrett, Scott [R]
YeaNJ-6Pallone, Frank [D]
NayNJ-7Lance, Leonard [R]
YeaNJ-8Sires, Albio [D]
YeaNJ-9Pascrell, William [D]
YeaNJ-10Payne, Jr., William [D]
YeaNJ-11Frelinghuysen, Rodney [R]
YeaNJ-12Watson Coleman, Bonnie (D)

    The FY16 spending measure:

  • Does not raid the National Housing Trust Fund to pay for any other program.
  • Increases funding for the HOME program by $50 million to $950 million.
  • Fully funds the renewal of all housing choice vouchers in use as well as vouchers about to be leased up by new voucher holders.
  • Provides funding for about 8,000 new Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers (HUD-VASH)
  • Increases funding for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grant program by $115 million, to $2.25 billion.
  • Click here for a FY16 Budget Chart from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.