House Bill Boosts Section 8 Appropriations, Cuts Other HUD Programs
Shortly before Congress adjourned for its August recess, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2005 VA/HUD appropriations bill, which sets funding levels for several key housing programs.
To offset an additional $1.2 billion appropriation for veterans’ medical assistance, lawmakers cut the NASA and Environmental Protection Agency budgets, along with most Department of Housing and Urban Development programs, by an average of 4% from their levels for the current fiscal year.
One notable exception was the Section 8 program. Many housing advocates had been worried that the program faced the possibility of substantial cuts during the budget wrangling process, but it ended up receiving a handsome increase over last year’s funding levels.
The legislation is expected to go to the House floor in early September.