T-HUD Appropriations Bill Stalls; Continuing Resolution Likely

After appearing to set up a vote to send the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development spending measure to be sent to a Conference Committee it now appears that the spending measure will not be completed before the end of the Fiscal Year on September 30.  A continuing resolution is expected to extend funding at FY-2018 for a number of appropriations measures including the T-HUD funding bill through December 7.   A government shut-down before the elections is unlikely.

The Senate passed on August 1 a four spending bill package (HR 6147), including its Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development bill (S. 3023) which would increase appropriations for HUD by 4% over last year’s funding amount, while the House version would increase HUD funding by roughly 2%.

The Senate spending measure authorizes an additional $4.3 billion in Tenant Based Vouchers and an additional $400 million in Project Based Rental Assistance over the House’s T-HUD funding language. While the House would provide level funding for The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative and CDBG, the Senate proposal cuts funding by $50 million and $65 million, respectively. Both measures would increase overall HUD funding, rejecting the White House request to cut funding by almost $11 billion.

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