The House Appropriations Committee Approves Housing Bills, Full House Set to Vote This Week
On June 4, the House Appropriations Committee moved forward its FY2020 spending bills for affordable housing, community development, and rural development programs. Click Here to find our earlier blog post that includes the full budget chart breakdown of interest for Prosperity Indiana members.
Both the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) and the Agriculture, Rural Development, funding bills passed by a 29-21 vote. Members of the committee did not offer any amendments related to the housing provisions of either bill. A package of spending bills, including Rural Development and THUD will be considered by the full House of Representatives on the week of June 17.
HUD— The bill provides a total of $50.1 billion for HUD - $5.9 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $13.4 billion above the President’s budget request.
Policy Provisions – In addition to the budget figures, the bill includes the following policy provisions:
Rural Development and Infrastructure— The bill provides a total of more than $3.943 billion for rural development programs, including critical housing assistance and loan programs.
- Blocks the administration’s public housing rule change on undocumented immigrants in affordable housing
- Requires all HUD grantees to develop a resiliency plan as part of the consolidated planning process.
Food and Nutrition Programs— The package also includes mandatory funding for food and nutrition programs within the Department of Agriculture. This includes funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and child nutrition programs.