Representative Tom Cole Expected to Be Elected House Appropriations Committee Chair as Longtime Chairwoman Kay Granger Retires

Representative Tom Cole (R-OK), current chair of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), is expected to be elected to lead the full Committee on Appropriations as soon as April 9, following the retirement of longtime Appropriations Committee Chair Kay Granger (R-TX). 

With Chair Cole moving out of his leadership role on the THUD subcommittee, committee Republicans will need to elect a new member to fill the vacant subcommittee chair. The change in leadership comes as appropriators begin work on the fiscal year (FY) 2025 budget. While Congress is charged with passing all 12 annual spending bills by October 1 – the beginning of the new fiscal year – the FY24 budget was significantly delayed and only finalized on March 22.

NLIHC looks forward to continuing our work with Chair Cole in his new position. In FY24, Chair Cole’s and Ranking Member Mike Quigley’s (D-IL) leadership on the THUD subcommittee and support for affordable housing and homelessness programs was crucial in securing increased funding in the final FY24 THUD bill. See NLIHC’s analysis of the final FY24 spending bill, and our updated budget chart for FY24 for more details.

Take Action: Tell Congress to Provide Significant Funding Increases for HUD in FY25

Appropriators will need to draft their FY25 spending bills according to the limitations of the “Fiscal Responsibility Act,” the 2023 agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling for two years, in exchange for capping FY24 spending at roughly FY23 levels and allowing for an only 1% spending increase in FY25.

Your advocacy makes a difference! It is thanks to the hard work of advocates that in FY24 – at a time when programs faced cuts of up 25% – HUD received increased funding in the final spending bill.

Congress needs to keep hearing from you about the importance of affordable housing and homelessness programs! NLIHC is calling on Congress to provide the highest possible funding for HUD’s affordable housing and homelessness programs in FY25, including significant funding for NLIHC’s top priorities:

  • Full funding to renew all existing contracts for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program and expand assistance to 20,000 more households.
  • Full funding for public housing operations and repairs.
  • Full funding for HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grants (HAG) program.
  • $20 million for the Eviction Prevention Grant program.
  • At least $1.3 billion for Tribal housing programs, including $150 million for competitive funds targeted to tribes with the greatest needs.

Advocates can continue to engage their members of Congress by:

  • Emailing or calling members’ offices to tell them about the importance of affordable housing, homelessness, and community development resources to you, your family, your community, or your work. You can use NLIHC’s Take Action page to look up your member offices, or call/send an email directly!
  • Using social media to amplify messages about the country’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis, and the continued need for long-term solutions.
  • Sharing stories of those directly impacted by homelessness and housing instability. Storytelling adds emotional weight to your message, and can help lawmakers see how their policy decisions impact actual people. Learn about how to tell compelling stories with this resource.

National, state, local, tribal, and territorial organizations can also join over 2,200 organizations on CHCDF’s national letter calling on Congress to support the highest level of funding possible for affordable housing, homelessness, and community development resources in FY25.