Senate Begins Considering FY 2014 HUD Appropriations Bill
Last Tuesday, July 23, the full Senate began its consideration of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (T-HUD) funding bill, making this the first fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding bill that the full Senate will consider. The Senate's version of the bill would provide $6.6 billion more for HUD programs than the House's version, including $2.26 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants. Last Tuesday, the Senate voted to proceed to floor debate by a wide margin (73-26), indicating support for the legislation. Numerous amendments have since been added to the bill, including one that would be particularly detrimental to homeless assistance programs: S. Amdt. 1754. This amendment, introduced by Senator Coburn (R-OK), would prevent Continuum of Care grantees from using federal funds to meet their 25 percent matching requirement. The amendment could be voted on when the Senate resumes consideration of the bill likely sometime this week. The full House is also expected to begin voting on its version of the HUD funding bill today. An update on the status of both the House and Senate versions of the T-HUD funding bills will be included in next week's Hill Update.
House Appropriations Subcommittee to Mark Up FY 2014 Appropriations Bill
On Thursday, July 25, at 9 a.m. ET, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-H) Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will mark up draft legislation for FY 2014 funding for programs under its jurisdiction, including Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness, and Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs.
House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee Marks Up Bill on Per Diem Payments
On Tuesday, July 23, at 2 p.m. ET, the Health Subcommittee of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee held a hearing in part to mark up a bill to amend Title 38, United States Code, to require recipients of per diem payments from the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs for the provision of services for homeless veterans to comply with codes relevant to operations, level of care provided, and for other purposes. On Wednesday, July 24, the full Veterans' Affairs Committee marked up this legislation. You can find the full text of the Health Subcommittee bill here and the full text of the full Veterans' Affairs Committee bill here.
Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Marks Up Bill to Expand the Definition of Homeless Veteran
On Wednesday, July 24, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee marked up a bill that would in part amend Title 38, United States Code, to expand the definition of "homeless veteran" for the purposes of benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs. This amendment expands the definition to include a veteran or veteran's family fleeing domestic or dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions in their current housing situation. Such conditions include those in which the health and safety of children are jeopardized, there is no other residence, and there is a lack of resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing. To view a webcast of the hearing please click here.
House Budget Committee to Hold Hearing on the Progress of the War on Poverty
On Wednesday, July 31, the House Budget Committee will hold a hearing titled, "The War on Poverty: A Progress Report." Serving as witnesses will be Eloise Anderson, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families; Jon Baron, president of the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy; and Douglas Besharov, professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. For more information about the hearing, please click here.
House Ways and Means Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Welfare Overhaul
On Wednesday, July 31, the Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee will hold the final hearing in a three-part series on welfare overhaul issues by focusing on "Improving the Safety Net: Better Coordinating Today's Maze of Programs to Ensure Families receive Real Help." The hearing will address how states have used flexibility in the past to improve services for low-income families and individuals, and how current safety-net programs can be better coordinated to provide effective assistance to those in need. For more information about the hearing, including a background memorandum, please click here.
Congress to Depart for August Recess
Beginning Saturday, August 3, both the House and Senate will be in recess for the remainder of August and early September. They are expected to return to Washington, DC the week of September 9.