After receiving the President’s budget request on March 4, Congressional appropriators immediately began work on their FY15 spending bills and set a schedule of hearings on the budget request.
The first official step the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will take is to divide the total spending amount for the fiscal year among the twelve appropriations subcommittees, resulting in what are called the 302(b) allocations. Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairs stated that they will proceed with establishing 302(b) subcommittee allocations within the FY15 spending caps, not the higher amount requested by the Administration (see article elsewhere in Memo on the additional $56 billion request).
Only three days remain for organizations to join a sign-on letter to House and Senate appropriators that calls for an increase in FY15 housing and transportation funding. More than 2,100 organizations have already joined the letter requesting an increase to the THUD 302(b) subcommittee allocation. The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF), a coalition of national organizations coordinated by NLIHC, and other national housing and transportation organizations, circulated a similar letter in 2013 that was signed by more than 2,400 organizations. NLIHC urges organizations to sign and to share the FY15 letter with their networks by the sign-on deadline of March 12.
Budget and appropriations hearings scheduled for the week of March 10 are:
- The House Budget Committee will hold another hearing on the budget request on March 12 at 2pm in room 210 of the Cannon House office building.
- The House Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on HUD’s budget request for March 13 at 2pm, with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan testifying. The hearing will be held in room 2358-A of the Rayburn House office building.
- The House Appropriations Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration subcommittee scheduled a hearing on USDA’s budget request for March 14 at 10am in room 2362-A of the Rayburn House office building.
View the 302(b) letter: http://bit.ly/1gAmxvP
Sign the letter: https://nlihc.wufoo.com/forms/thud-302b-signon-letter/
View the FAQ on the 302(b) letter: http://bit.ly/1jMmWvW
View the House Budget Committee testimony: http://1.usa.gov/NRrVk7
View the Senate Budget Committee testimony: http://1.usa.gov/1fQ3nUn