Federal Government Shuts Down. What Does it Mean for HUD Programs?
Last week, we reported that Congress and the President had agreed to an extension of the Continuing Resolution (CR) until February 8th. Instead after President Trump declared he would veto it if it did not include $5 billion for a southern border wall, Congress failed to pass a stopgap funding measure, causing parts of the government including HUD to shut down at midnight on December 21, 2018.
In response, the House passed a CR that attached $5.7 billion for the border wall and $7.8 billion for disaster relief. The Senate did not hold a final vote on House’s version of the CR, assuring the government would shut down. Lawmakers, knowing there weren’t enough the votes in the Senate to pass the bill, agreed to hold no further votes until a bipartisan agreement is reached.
With Congress at an impasse on how to resolve the controversy over border wall funding, it remains unclear how long the shutdown will be. President Trump threatened via Twitter that the shutdown “will last for a very long time.”
Congress and President Trump must still reach an agreement on how to fund federal programs, including affordable housing programs, for the remainder of fiscal year 2019. Lawmakers have already indicated that they are hoping to pass full-year spending bills instead of passing another CR to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government.
HUD’s contingency plan provides details on agency functions that will continue or will halt for additional HUD programs.
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