Mark Up Includes Homelessness Amendment
On February 2 and 3, 2016, the House Committee on Financial Services marked up its Views and Estimates on the FY17 budget, which is submitted to the House Budget Committee for consideration in preparing the FY17 budget resolution.
The Views and Estimates calls for overhauling and modernizing the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and criticizes the agency for being “overly bureaucratic” and failing to “deliver measurable results.”
During the markup, Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) proposed an amendment on the state of homelessness in America.
“I’m deeply concerned about the men, women, families, and youth who are homeless on our streets today. Homelessness affects the very fabric of communities and it is an economic issue as much as it is a social issue. We have to do more to ensure all homeless people have access to affordable housing and the social services that they so desperately need. The federal government cannot turn a blind eye. Congress has the responsibility to the people of this country to provide everyone with a safe, decent, and affordable roof over their heads.”
Housing and Insurance Subcommittee Chair Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) raised objections to some of the language in Ms. Water’s amendment regarding the role of the federal government in addressing homelessness. She agreed to revisions, but both the original and modified amendments were voted down by party-line votes of 24 to 31 and 24 to 32.
Congressman Scott Garrett of NJ voted no on the amendment.
The Committee approved the Views and Estimates on a party-line vote of 33 to 24.