Senate Passes THUD Appropriations in 4-Bill Spending Package

Last Wednesday, the Senate passed H.R. 6147, a four-bill “minibus” spending package that includes funding for HUD. The package covers four of the 12 fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriation bills — Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), Interior-Environment, Financial Services, and Agriculture spending bills — and will need to be reconciled with companion legislation pending in the House. The bill passed with a vote of 92-6, a show of significant bipartisan support, and maintains funding for critical HUD-administered programs, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnership Program. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that he hoped to pass at least two more spending packages during August and to send final bills to the President shortly after Labor Day. If the Senate and House encounter obstacles while attempting to finalize the appropriations bills, a continuing resolution to fund the government through the midterm elections remains likely. See Enterprise’s blog post and updated budget chart for more information on the bill and program funding levels.

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