On June 29, the House of Representatives passed its FY13 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) bill, H.R. 5972. The bill was considered under an open rule, which permit amendments from the floor of the House, provided that the amendments are directly related to appropriations, do not increase the overall 302(b) allocation, and are not of an authorizing nature.
The bill passed with only two small funding changes to two housing programs. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) offered H. Amdt. 1331, which provides for a two million dollar increase to the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program (offset by HUD’s salaries and expenses account). Representative Hansen Clarke (D-MI) offered H. Amdt. 1347, which provides for a five million dollar increase for Homeless Assistance Grants (offset by HUD’s Working Capital Fund).
Two additional housing amendments passed: Representative Scott Garrett (R-NJ) offered H. Amdt. 1363, which prohibits HUD from using funds to finalize a new rule to establish disparate impact standards; and Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) offered H. Amdt. 1369, which forbids HUD from using funds to implement a rule that would prohibit a landlord from using a criminal conviction to deny housing to an applicant.
There were multiple amendments offered that would have directly affected the funding levels of the core public housing and Section 8 accounts. Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) offered H. Amdt. 1337, which would have increased Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Contract Renewals by $460 million, an amount he stated would provide enough funding to avoid HUD’s minimum rent increase proposal. A point of order was sustained against it due to the amendment not having offered any offset funding. Representative David Price (D-NC) offered H. Amdt. 1349, which would have provided housing authorities flexibility to use their Operating Fund grants for capital purposes. A point of order was also ruled against it due to its authorizing nature. Representative Paul Broun (R-GA) offered amendments, H. Amdt. 1338 and H. Amdt. 1339, to decrease both the Public Housing Capital and Operating Fund accounts to FY12 enacted levels. Both amendments failed.
A series of additional amendments were offered over the course of the two-plus day deliberations that would have cut many of HUD’s programs as well as offices, including Public and Indian Housing, Office of Housing, the HOME Investment Partnerships program, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, and others.
It is not clear when the Senate may take up their FY13 THUD bill, S. 2322, which passed out of the full committee in April. The bill is not expected to be placed on the calendar for floor action anytime in the near future given the other budget and political dynamics at play. Read CLPHA’s analysis of the Senate THUD bill.
For further information, contact CLPHA Legislative Director Gerard Holder.