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