Final HUD Bill Elusive
On November 12, 2019 by Jodi Boyne
Congress has yet to pass a FY20 HUD appropriations bill as the House and Senate Appropriations Committee have not reached an agreement on spending limits.
The Senate bill, which passed on Oct. 31, is written under funding caps agreed to by the House, Senate and White House after the House’s HUD bill was passed in June. Because of the caps, the Senate has about $34 billion less in overall spending across all the appropriations subcommittees than the House bill does.
The Senate’s HUD appropriations bill includes less funding than the House bill and does not provide any funds for new Section 202 homes. We are advocating for $600 million to support new Section 202 homes in FY20.
Federal programs, like those funded by HUD, are now operating under a Continuing Resolution until Nov. 21. Under this resolution, programs are funded at FY19 levels. It’s very possible the Continuing Resolution will be extended until sometime in December or even early in 2020.