If you're interested in the status of voucher utilization and funding, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) announced earlier this week that it will be hosting a free webinar next Wednesday, April 6, at 2:30 p.m. eastern time (11:30 a.m. Pacific time):
By a vote of 266 to 167 yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the budget agreement reached this week by the White House and leaders in Congress. Dubbed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, the agreement would increase the debt ceiling and lift spending caps mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011, restoring 90 percent of the sequestration budget cuts for non-defense discretionary programs. The Senate has not acted on the bill yet, but it is expected to do so before November 3, when the government would begin to default on its obligations if the debt ceiling is not raised.
On Tuesday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2016 Transportation-HUD (T-HUD) appropriations bill H.R. 2577 on an extremely close, party-line vote. According to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) news blast sent out today, the bill remains largely unchanged from its original form. As CBPP notes, while the bill gives priority to renewing rental assistance for current families, spending limits set forth in the Budget Control Act of 2011 has required the House to make further cuts in both public housing and HOME, in addition to preventing any new investments to restore vouchers cut by sequestration or to quell homelessness. Still, CBPP contends that H.R. 2577 does show significant support for housing choice vouchers, increasing funding for voucher renewals by $665 million.