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House Committee Threatens More HUD Cuts


The U.S. House of Representatives took another step toward extracting deep funding cuts from domestic discretionary programs when the House Appropriations Committee released its draft 302b subcommittee allocations on May 11. The 302b allocations establish the maximum amount that each subcommittee can spend on the departmental budgets within its jurisdiction.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies' (T-HUD) 302b allocation for FY12 is $47.6 billion, 36% below the President's FY12 request allocation and 14% below the total FY11 appropriation for this subcommittee. The House passed an FY12 budget resolution on April 15 that would significantly lower spending levels for FY12.

The Budget Committee's paper describing the committee's vision for the FY12 budget included time limits and work requirements for tenants of subsidized rental housing. The Senate likely will vote on, and defeat, the House’s budget resolution. Senate Budget Chair Kent Conrad (D-ND) was expected to introduce his budget resolution this week.

He released a draft framework for his funding proposal the week of May 9, which would make more cuts to discretionary spending as well as raise revenue. Senator Conrad, a member of the so-called "Gang of Six," the bipartisan group of senators crafting a deficit reduction proposal, continues to attempt to reach an agreement that can gain bipartisan support.


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