$60 billion approved by Senate Committee on Appropriations for fiscal year 2018

Nation: Senate Committee on Appropriations has approved fiscal year 2018 for $60.06 billion in discretionary budget authority, as set forth in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act.

Among other items, the act altered direction from President Trump’s previously proposed budget (which removed a great deal of HUD’s living assistance programs, as well as other assistance programs), to instead maintain or increase funds for the section 8 housing assistance voucher program; and allot up to $55 million to a program to demonstrate  how a comprehensive approach to serving homeless youth, age 24 and under, from larger to rural communities, can reduce youth homelessness; and provide additional funding to prevent at-risk or already homeless veterans.

THUD was supported in a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 31-0. However, it has not yet been introduced to the floor of Congress to be put into action, and the Act could face minor to massive changes from now to when fiscal year 2018 budget is voted upon.




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