CR for Federal Budget Extended to February 8th

Year-Long CR Would Put Thousands of Families at Risk of Losing Access to Stable Housing

The U.S. Congress has only a day to reach an agreement to fund the federal government for the remainder of FY19. An agreement would avoid a government shutdown before the current stop-gap funding measure, known as a continuing resolution (CR), expires on Friday, December 21. The latest news is that Congress has approved a short-term CR until February 8th according to the Washington Post.

The decision would temporarily resolve an impasse over Trump’s demands for wall funding that threatened to provoke a partial government shutdown this weekend, as funding runs out for the Homeland Security Department and a large swath of other federal agencies Friday at midnight.

“Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Trump has indicated he is supportive, but he said the president could change his mind. McConnell’s announcement comes after the White House signaled Wednesday that it might accept a short-term spending bill.” according to the Washington Post.

A CR carries forward funding levels from the previous year. Congress has failed to enact several federal spending bills for FY19, including those that fund affordable housing and community development programs. The main issue preventing lawmakers from reaching a year-long spending deal is President Donald Trump’s insistence that any agreement includes $5 billion for a southern border wall, which Democrats strongly oppose.

Please call your lawmakers today to urge them to enact clean, full-year FY19 spending bills for HUD. You can click here for the staff members who cover housing issues and phone numbers for New Jersey’s Senators and Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Lawmakers have discussed several options to resolve the impasse.

  • One would be for Congress to pass another short term CR.
  • Another option would be for Congress to pass six of the seven remaining spending bills (including those for Transportation-HUD) that have already been negotiated and agreed upon and then pass a CR for the Homeland Security spending bill that has proven to be the most controversial since it includes funding for the border wall.
  • A final option floated by some lawmakers is to pass a year-long CR through September 30, 2019, for all the outstanding spending bills.

A year-long CR would put thousands of families at risk of losing access to stable housing.

  • For FY19, HUD needs approximately $1.3 billion more than FY18 appropriations to maintain current program levels and renew existing housing assistance contracts.
  • A year-long CR at FY18 levels would result in deep cuts to critical housing programs that could cause thousands of families and children to lose access to stable housing, putting them at increased risk of homelessness.
  • Both the House and Senate proposed bills for HUD that would increase resources to help provide affordable, stable, and accessible housing for more seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and people experiencing homelessness.

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