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Transportation, Housing Spending Bill Clears Senate Committee

On June 25, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved, 20-10, the FY2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies spending bill (H.R. 2577); the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies passed the legislation on June 23. The House passed its version of the bill on June 9 (see The Source, 6/12/15).

According to the committee summary, the measure would allocate $55.65 billion in discretionary funds for FY2016. This amount is $1.88 billion above FY2015, but $7 billion below President Obama’s budget request.

Of the total, the bill would provide $37.56 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, an increase of nearly $2 billion over FY2015, but $3 billion below the president’s request. The legislation would provide $5.6 billion for Community Planning and Development in FY2016, $1.1 billion below FY2015. The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program would receive $330 million. The bill also would ensure that the funds are better aimed at communities with the highest burden of HIV cases.

Public and Indian Housing would receive $27 billion in FY2016. This amount is $600 million above FY2015. This fund will continue assistance to all current families and individuals served by the program.

More information will be made available once the committee releases its report.

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