Rural Housing Service
On September 13 at 10 am, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture will hold a hearing, “Agricultural Program Audit: Examination of USDA Rural Development Programs.” The hearing will be held in room 1300 of the Longworth House office building.
It is anticipated that the hearing will focus on a proposal that in part would move Rural Housing Service programs out of the Department of Agriculture and into HUD. On September 8 the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity of the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing to discuss this proposal (see article elsewhere in Memo).
Also on September 13, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs will hold a hearing, “Housing Finance Reform: Should There be a Government Guarantee?” The hearing will be in room 538 of the Dirksen Senate office building at 10am.
On September 14 at 2 pm the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity will hold a hearing, “HUD and NeighborWorks Housing Counseling Oversight.” Both subcommittee hearings will be held in room 2128 of the Rayburn House office building.
Draft Voucher Bill
The House housing subcommittee will also hold a second hearing on the draft Section Eight Savings Act (SESA) bill on September 23 at 10 am. SESA is the House Republican version of the Section Eight Voucher Reform Act (SEVRA), which did not pass in the prior Congress. The subcommittee held a hearing on a discussion draft of SESA on July 23, at which NLIHC testified.