The House of Representative Passed its 2020 Spending Package… Here’s what You Need to Know to Take Action
On Wednesday, a nearly $1 trillion Spending Package for FY 2020 passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. Two hundred twenty-six U.S. Representatives voted for the package and 203 voting against it.
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), the package includes much more funding for several HUD programs than the plan proposed by President Trump includes.
Several amendments to the bill will likely be proposed in the near future. In a recent Call to Action, the NLIHC requests that individuals and affordable housing advocates contact their elected officials. NLIHC asks that you support specific amendments that will help reduce homelessness and oppose others that will have harmful effects on low-income or marginalized groups. The NLIHC asks that you call your U.S. Representative and express support for:
- Any amendment to increase investments in affordable housing for low-income households;
- Any amendment to maintain language in the spending bill that prevents HUD from moving forward with its cruel proposal to force mixed-status immigrant families to separate or face evictions and possible homelessness;
- Any amendment to maintain language in the spending bill that prevents HUD from eliminating protections for transgender people experiencing homelessness and seeking shelter;
- An amendment offered by Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) to provide $2 million for the HUD Office of Inspector General to investigate the department’s delay in releasing Community Development Block Grants–Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for mitigation purposes following the 2017 disasters.”
The NLIHC also asks that you let your elected officials know about the many proposed dangerous amendments that should be opposed. Call your elected officials and let them know they should vote against:
- Any amendment to reduce funding for HUD programs;
- Amendments allowing HUD’s proposal to force mixed-status immigrant families to separate or face eviction, including:
- An amendment offered by Representatives Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Kevin Hern (R-OK);
- An amendment offered by Representative Glenn Grothman (R-WI); and
- An amendment offered by Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA).
- Amendments allowing HUD to weaken the Equal Access rule and allow federally funded shelter providers to attempt to discriminate against LGBTQ people experiencing homelessness and seeking emergency shelter, including:
- Two amendments offered by Representatives Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Tim Meadows (R-NC), Brian Babin (R-TX), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and William Timmons (R-SC);
- An amendment offered by Representative Debbie Lesko (R-AZ); and
- An amendment offered by Steve King (R-IA).”
Everyone deserves affordable and accessible housing, and no one deserves to be discriminated against. Call your elected officials today to support or oppose the amendments above. Please find contact information here.
For more information, please read the NLIHC Call to Action sent out on Wednesday, June 19.
Join Monarch Housing Associates on Wednesday, July 24, in Washington, DC, to show elected officials that housing is a right, housing is healthcare, and housing creates healthy communities. The theme of this year’s Congressional Reception is Opportunity Starts at Home: Building a Necessary and Secure Foundation for Healthy Communities. This year’s policy priorities for the Congressional Reception are around the following key areas: Housing and Services, Medicaid, Affordable Homes, Fair Housing, and Housing Development. These priorities could be directly affected both positively and negatively by various proposed amendments.
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