The Administration will officially enter the FY14 budget debate when President Barack Obama release his FY14 budget request to Congress, expected on April 10. The request will come nine weeks after the statutory deadline for the President to submit his budget. HUD will hold a briefing on its budget request that can be viewed via webcast on April 10 at 3pm ET.
Meanwhile, the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations continued planning their FY14 work. The House Committee on Appropriations extended its deadlines for Members to submit programmatic and language requests for the FY14 budget to allow further time to consider the President’s budget release. The new deadline for the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittee is April 22, and the new deadline for the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies subcommittee is now April 17. The Senate Appropriations Committee also set its deadlines for Member budget requests; THUD subcommittee and Agriculture subcommittee requests are due on April 26.
Members of the House began circulating “dear colleague” sign-on letters in support of FY14 HUD and USDA budget requests the week of March 25 (see Memo, 3/29). Representative Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) circulated a letter in support of funding for Rural Housing Service programs, including $26 million for the Section 514 program, $64.5 million for the Section 515 program, $9 million for the Section 516 program, and $907 million for the Section 521 Rental Assistance program. The letter closed on April 5.
Representative Jerrod Nadler (D-NY) is circulating a letter in support of “proper” funding for Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, Project-Based Rental Assistance, and the Public Housing Operating and Capital Funds. The deadline for Members to sign onto the letter is April 10.
Representative Marsha Fudge (D-OH) is circulating a “dear colleague” letter supporting $1.6 billion for the HOME Investment Partnerships program in FY14. The deadline for Members to sign the letter is April 9.
Representatives Nadler, Joseph Crowley (D-NY), and Jim McDermott (D-WA) are circulating a letter in support of funding the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program at $335 million. In their cover letter to Members, the Representatives acknowledge that advocates recommend funding the program at $365 million.
Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) is circulating a letter in support of “robustly funding” Homeless Assistance Grants. The letter deadline for Members to sign the letter is April 9.
Representatives Robert Brady (D-PA), Peter King (R-NY), Lou Barletta (R-PA), and Rep. Gibson (R-NY), Jim McGovern (D-MA), and Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) are circulating a bipartisan letter in support of funding the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) at $3.3 billion. The deadline for the letter is April 10.
Additional Members of the House are expected to circulate letters during the week of April 8. Senators are also expected to start circulating “dear colleague” letters in the coming weeks.
Register for the HUD budget briefing webcast on this page.
The House “dear colleague” letters are attached to this page.