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Transportation, Housing Spending Bill Clears House Subcommittee

On April 29, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies approved, by voice vote, the FY2016 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

According to the committee summary, the measure would allocate $55.3 billion in discretionary funds for FY2016. This amount is $1.5 billion above FY2015, but $9.7 billion below President Obama’s budget request.

One of the main priorities of the bill is to fund housing programs for low-income and other vulnerable populations. The legislation would provide $42 billion in total funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, an increase of $1 billion above FY2015, but $3 billion below the president’s request. This amount includes $26.8 billion for Section 8 and Indian housing, $353 million over FY2015, but $2 billion below the administration’s request.

Additional information will be made available when the committee releases its report.

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