The Senate has begun debating its Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill. While this bill has been revised to reflect the new, higher spending caps agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Act, it is not the version that is currently being negotiated with the House. Instead, it serves as the Senate’s starting point for further negotiations.
It is now expected that the Senate will vote on amendments after Thanksgiving and before the continuing resolution (CR) expires December 11th.
Please call Senators Portman and Brown as soon as possible and ask them to protect critical affordable housing and community development programs.
Specifically, ask your Senators to OPPOSE the following amendment that would decimate the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program:
- Amendment 2838 offered by Sen. Jeff Flake (R – AZ) would cut funding for the HOME program from $900 million in the revised Senate THUD bill to $66 million. Earlier this year, the Senate proposed to cut HOME by 93 percent from $900 million in FY 2015 to just $66 million. Thanks to HOME supporters and the agreement to raise the low spending caps, the revised Senate bill restored HOME funding to $900 million. This amendment would negate these efforts and would essentially eliminate the program altogether.
Senator Sherrod Brown’s office can be reached at 1-888-896-OHIO (6446) or online here.
Senator Rob Portman’s office can be reached at 202-224-3353 or online here.
Thank you for your advocacy.
Ohio CDC Association