Update from Washington

On the evening of Thursday, September 8, the House Appropriations Subcommittee marked up the FY 2012 Transportation-HUD spending bill. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee is expected to mark up its version of the FY 2012 THUD at some point this week. 

The House bill limits the compensation of PHA employees; cuts funding for the Public Housing Operating Fund, Public Housing Capital Fund, and HOME; and provides no funding for Hope VI or Choice Neighborhood programs.  The bill provides a 5 percent increase in CDBG funding compared to FY 2011; however, bill language reduces the CDBG administration and planning cap from 20 to 10 percent.

The THUD bill is not expected to come up in front of the Full House Committee for some time. In the meantime, proposals for amendments have been offered by both Democrats and Republicans—an unusual development in subcommittee markup proceedings.

Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) offered an amendment requiring HUD to submit an operating reserve offset plan for approval by House and Senate Appropriations Committee within 30 days of the THUD’s bill passage.  

To view the draft of the subcommittee bill, click here.

NAHRO will continue to provide you with the latest information regarding the progress of the FY 2012 markup process.