With just two weeks left until the election and only three weeks until Congress begins its lame duck session, time is running out to tell your lawmakers the importance of passing a full-year FY 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) spending bill. Take action today to promote responsible funding for housing and community development programs and help NAHRO achieve its goal of 1,000 letters sent to Capitol Hill!
When Congress returns to Washington after the election, it must deal with government spending before the current continuing resolution (CR) expires on Friday, December 9. Congress has a few options to avoid a government shutdown during the lame duck session: pass another continuing resolution to a later date to punt any decision-making until the new Congress, pass a year-long CR that would fund the government at FY 2016 levels for the full 2017 fiscal year; approve individual spending bills in smaller packages or “minibuses”; or approve all 11 remaining appropriations bills in one “omnibus” package.
Operating the government on short-term CRs creates uncertainty and causes problems with some housing and community development programs. Additionally, a year-long CR signifies the failure of regular order and the ability of Congress to fulfill their obligation to the nation to make deliberate spending decisions. Funding the government off a year-long CR can also create problems within programs with costs that rise yearly. Rather than relying on CRs to fund the government beyond December 9, Congress should approve a year-long T-HUD bill to provide responsible funding levels for housing and community development programs.
It is critical that this message be communicated to your lawmakers before they return to Washington. Take action today to support a full-year FY 2017 T-HUD spending bill!