Congress Passes, President Signs Continuing Resolution
On Thursday, Congress approved and today, the President signed a continuing resolution that will fund the government until Friday, January 19. Despite last-minute disputes over what to include in the CR package, it was easily approved in the House by a vote of 231-188 and in the Senate by a vote of 66-32. In addition to the CR, the House also approved an $81 billion disaster relief package for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the wildfires in the west. The Senate declined to take up the disaster relief package before adjourning for the final time in 2017, delaying decisions on disaster relief until next year.
HUD Withdraws Five Proposed Rules
Today, HUD is withdrawing five proposed rules in an effort to reduce regulatory and financial burdens. As HUD is only withdrawing proposed rules that have yet to go into effect, PHA operations will not be impacted. NAHRO had previously expressed concerns with some of these proposed rules and is pleased that HUD will not be moving forward with final rules. HUD’s action is consistent with Executive Order 13771 that requires at least two prior regulations be identified for removal for every new regulation issued and Executive Order 13777 that established a Regulatory Task Force aimed at identifying agency regulations that should be repealed, replaced, or modified.
NAHRO Releases Sample Comments on HUD SAFMR Notice
HUD suspended the mandatory implementation of Small Area FMRs this past summer, and is seeking comments on the suspension of the mandatory aspects of the rule; the comment period will last for 30 days. While the rule seeks to enhance the mobility options of Housing Choice Voucher-holders, which NAHRO supports, NAHRO remains concerned about the details around the implementation of the rule as detailed here. We encourage our members to submit comments as well. Comments are due on January 11, 2018.
A sample comment letter can be found here.