Senate Passes Bill to Extend Debt Limit
This past Thursday, January 31, the Senate passed H.R. 325, the "No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013," a short-term debt limit bill proposed by House Republicans. In addition to extending the debt limit through May 18 for fiscal year (FY) 2014, the bill mandates that if either chamber does not pass a budget by April 15, members of that chamber will have their pay withheld. The bill has been sent to President Obama for his signature.
The House is expected to take up a related measure this week, sponsored by Budget Vice Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) that would force the President to identify the date his budget proposal would balance the federal budget when he submits his spending blueprint to Congress (and require him to submit a new budget in the case that it does not balance). A vote on this measure is expected to take place in the House on Wednesday, February 6.
Obama Proposes Alternative to Sequester This afternoon, Tuesday, February 5, President Obama made a public announcement urging Congress to avert the sequester, across-the-board spending cuts that would have a devastating impact on homelessness assistance programs, which is now scheduled to take effect March 1, 2013. Obama warned Congress that the sequester would have hefty economic consequences, and advised them to quickly pass a small, short-term package of spending cuts and to close tax loopholes to provide for additional revenue.
House to Depart for Recess
This Thursday, February 7, the House will break for recess until Tuesday, February 12. The Senate will remain in session.
Congressional Budget Office Releases Report The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its Budget and Economic Outlook report today, February 5. The full report can be found here, while a summary can be found here. The House Budget Committee is expected to hold a hearing on the budget and economic outlook in the near future. Douglas W. Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, will serve as a witness.
BPC Housing Commission Releases Policy Recommendations
The Housing Commission of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) has announced that it will release its recommendations for Congress on Monday, February 25 at 11 a.m. at the Knight Conference Center of the Newseum in Washington, DC. BPC's Housing Commission draws on both Republican and Democratic perspectives in its outreach and research and brings together housing experts, business leaders, former elected officials and others to reform the nation's housing policy by crafting realistic and actionable policy recommendations. Alliance President and CEO Nan Roman is a member of the Commission.
New Coordinated Assessment Resource Available
The Alliance's Center for Capacity Building has released a new addition to its "Coordinated Assessment Toolkit," "The Assessment and Referral Processes: Coordinated Assessment Checklist Addendum." This resource serves as an in-depth guide to conducting assessments and referrals and is a companion to the "Coordinated Assessment Checklist." It includes a step-by-step process for assessing and referring households and information on sharing data effectively through HMIS, incorporating consumer choice when making referral decisions, and creating opportunities for consumers to find their own housing while in shelter. The document is based on the Alliance's work with several communities around the country.
Conference Reminder: Reception, Cancellation Deadlines
The deadline for registering for the special reception, which will be hosted by the premiere National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness sponsor, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is Thursday, February 14. If you haven't registered for the reception, please refer to the confirmation email that you received upon registering for the conference, which contains registration instructions.
Should you need to cancel your conference registration, please note that the Alliance will charge a $100 cancellation fee for cancellations received up to Friday, February 15. After that deadline no refunds for cancellations will be granted.
All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to Jennifer Olney, development and administrative associate. Make sure to submit your conference cancellations in writing before these deadlines to save money.