The Senates consideration of the Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) spending bill has been delayed. Last week, the Senate had seemed ready for consideration of the FY17 THUD spending bill (S. 2844) until an amendment related to the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal was offered during debate of the FY17 Energy and Water spending bill. This derailed the appropriations process.
Now is the time to contact Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) during the recess and urge prompt passage of the THUD spending bill without controversial riders.
Senators could not reach an agreement on the amendment introduced by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Democrats blocked closing debate on the spending bill twice before Senators left for a weeklong recess.
As a result, the Senate will likely take up the THUD bill along with the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon) spending bill when it returns on May 9.
“I am told we will go to my bill when we come back. [Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell] has told me to be prepared to go to THUD and that MilCon is going to be grafted onto the bill, or the two bills are going to be combined.”
In the House, THUD Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) indicated that the release of the Subcommittee’s bill was still another few weeks away. He also stated,
“We’re not flush with money, but we’ll be fine. I think we’ll be able to put together a bill that people will feel proud of.”