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August 02
​House and Senate T-HUD Spending Bills Fall with a “Thud”
Both chambers of Congress have failed in their efforts to pass FY2014 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Bills before leaving for the August recess, raising questions regarding the plausibility of reviving such legislation in the few weeks between legislators’ return to Washington and the end of the federal fiscal year on September 30. House Leadership withdrew its $44 billion T-HUD spending measure on July 31 after it became clear that a number of moderate Republicans agreed with House Democrats that funding in the bill was too low for some key programs. For example, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was slashed from $3 billion to $1.6 billion in the measure, and the HOME Investment Partnerships program was cut from $950 million to $700 million. In the upper chamber, meanwhile, Senate Leadership failed on August 1 to get the necessary 60 votes to invoke cloture to limit debate and move towards a final vote on its $54 billion bill.  


It is unclear whether lawmakers in either chamber will be able to revive their FY2014 T-HUD spending bills after the August recess. House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) stated that chances for such movement in his chamber are “bleak at best” after the withdrawal of the House T-HUD measure. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), meanwhile, stated that it is likely that Congress will have to pass a short term continuing resolution to keep the government operating past September 30, but also that the T-HUD spending bill would come back for a House vote in September. It is difficult, to say the least, to ascertain the likelihood of such a vote.


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