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HUD Funding Bill Now Moves on for Senate Vote
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 6:40 AM

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2016 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations bill last week, making it available for consideration by the full Senate. The $55.65 billion measure, a $1.88 billion increase over the FY2015, was approved by a 20-10 vote.

Under the bill's provisions, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will receive $37.56 billion, an increase of nearly $2 billion from FY2015.

The bill provides funding for federal-aid highway programs, aviation, rail safety, American ports, and intermodal water and land programs, as well as the following:

  • $5.6 billion, $1.1 billion below the FY2015 enacted level, for community planning and development programs;
  • $27 billion for public and Indian housing, a $600 million increase above the FY2015 enacted level.
  • $11.46 billion for rental assistance, including $420 million in new funding for housing for the elderly and $137 million for housing for persons with disabilities.

The House passed its THUD appropriations bill June 10, and it contained a CUNA-supported amendment preventing the use of funds to enforce the “disparate impact” concept regarding housing services. Disparate impact allows statistics to be used to establish claims of discrimination without proving intent to discriminate. Should the Senate bill pass without a disparate impact amendment, the House and Senate would decide whether the amendment is included in the final bill during a conference committee.

The Supreme Court found last week that disparate impact can still be used in fair housing claims.