After three days of debate, the House passed the fiscal year 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill (H.R. 2577) late Tuesday with a final recorded vote of 216-210. The bill allocates $55.3 billion in discretionary spending for transportation and housing programs.
The bill adheres to strict spending caps imposed by sequestration. However, the Office of Management and Budget has warned that the President would veto the bill because of the low funding level.
Several housing-related amendments were debated, before the bill passed. House members approved an amendment from Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) to block implementation of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule and HUDs work to develop a tool related to the rule.
Several amendments from Representative Glenn Grothman (R-WI) related to cutting funding for rental assistance programs were rejected, such as an amendment to cut project-based rental assistance by $300 million. The House rejected several other funding cut amendments, including, an amendment from Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) which applied an additional 1 percent spending cut to all programs.
Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, offered an amendment to ensure that HUD prioritizes the hiring of asset management staff in local field offices, instead of hub and satellite offices. After learning that HUD was only hiring new asset management positions in hub offices, the amendment was intended to address HUDs consolidation of multifamily offices under the Multifamily Transformation initiative. The amendment was withdrawn due to opposition.
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