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President’s Forum: Budget Action Moves to Capitol Hill

PHADA President John Hodge

My last column focused on President Trump’s proposed budget for FY 21, which starts on October 1. Overall, the Administration’s plan would cut $8.6 billion from HUD’s current budget, a total of roughly 15 percent. As reported in the March 4 edition of the Advocate, the controversial proposal would eliminate the Public Housing Capital Fund, CDBG, and HOME programs.

The budget process now moves to Capitol Hill. Over the coming weeks, various authorizing and appropriations panels will hold hearings with HUD officials and other witnesses before lawmakers mark-up their appropriations bills starting later in the spring. As of now, the House of Representatives plans to mark up a T-HUD spending bill in mid-May with the Senate acting sometime later.

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