Capitol Express Action Alert: Action Needed on House FY16 THUD Bill
This week, the House of Representatives began debate on the FY 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) bill (H.R. 2577). Representatives considered over 50 amendments before House leadership decided to postpone further action on the bill until Tuesday, June 9. For additional information on amendments considered by the House, click here.
This delay gives advocates the opportunity to mobilize against additional harmful amendments that may be offered when the House takes the bill up again next week. Please call your Representatives as soon as possible and ask them to protect critical affordable housing and community development programs.
Please ask your Representative to OPPOSE the following amendments:
- Representative Garrett’s (R-NJ) amendment to prevent HUD from enforcing fair housing laws using the Disparate Impact rule. On Wednesday, Representative Garrett was successful in offering a similar amendment to the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) FY 2016 Appropriations bill to prohibit the Department of Justice from enforcing federal Fair Housing laws based on HUD’s Disparate Impact rule;
- Representative Gosar’s (R-AZ) amendment to prohibit funds from being used to implement, enforce, or administer HUD’s proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule and the AFFH assessment tool. While this amendment was rejected by voice vote, the roll call will occur next week where it may be approved;
- Representative Blackburn’s (R-TN) amendment to impose a 1% across-the-board spending cut to all accounts in the bill;
- Any amendment to prohibit HUD from administering the National Housing Trust Fund; and
- Any amendment to reduce funding for critical affordable housing and community development programs or divert existing funds to other programs.
In addition, please ask your Representatives to SUPPORT all amendments that would increase funding for affordable housing and community development programs. At this time, we expect amendments will be offered to:
- Protect funding for the National Housing Trust Fund;
- Increase funding for housing choice vouchers, including amendments to restore the 67,000 vouchers that remain unfunded due to the across-the-board sequester cuts in 2013; and
- Increase funding for the HOME program.
If you need any assistance, please feel free to contact Diane Yentel (dyentel) or Sarah Mickelson (smickelson). To find contact information for your Representative, you can call the Congressional switchboard at 877-210-5351 or click here.
Thank you for your advocacy.
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