NLIHC urges advocates and organizations to call their senators and urge them to vote “no” on the “The Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act,” which would cut $15 billion in previously approved funding, including cuts to affordable housing programs. The rescission package would cut almost $40 million from public housing, $40 million from rural rental assistance, and $141 million from the Capital Magnet Fund.
The Senate is likely to vote this week on the measure. If approved, the bill will head directly to the president’s desk for his signature.
Because of procedural rules, the Senate must vote on the bill before June 22 to be able to approve it by a simple majority. After that date, the bill will require 60 votes to pass. The House voted in favor of the bill on June 7.
The rescission package specifically targets funding for the Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) program, which allows public housing authorities (PHAs) to hire service coordinators to help public housing residents access resources in their communities. The proposed cuts to the rural rental assistance program would prevent USDA from fully renewing all existing contracts, causing significant harm to rural residents. And the rescission to the Capital Magnet Fund would reduce private-sector investments in affordable housing and community development.
NLIHC and other national leaders sent a letter to Congress opposing the bill.
Please call your senators and urge them to oppose “The Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act.”
Contact your senators at: http://cqrcengage.com/nlihc/lookup?0
Learn more about the rescission bill at: https://bit.ly/2JAfpWN
Read the advocates’ letter opposing the bill at: https://bit.ly/2LUFsFw