Senator Young Reintroduces Bipartisan Bill to Establish Housing Affordability Task Force

Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Angus King (I-ME), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Jon Tester (D-MT) reintroduced on June 23 the “Task Force on the Impact of the Affordable Housing Crisis Act (S. 2190), which would create a bipartisan housing task force to understand and respond to America’s housing affordability crisis. If enacted, the task force would evaluate and quantify the impact of housing costs on other government programs and provide recommendations to Congress on how to increase affordable housing options to improve life outcomes. 

“I’ve seen firsthand in Indiana how a lack of affordable housing has negative and lasting consequences. The inability to access safe and affordable homes leaves Hoosier families with fewer dollars to spend on important expenses like health care and groceries, and the pandemic has only exacerbated this problem,” said Senator Young in a press release. “Our bipartisan bill would assemble a group of experts to better understand the housing affordability crisis so that we might take legislative action to end the cycle of poverty for millions of struggling Americans while decreasing overall taxpayer expenditures.”

“Communities across Maine and across the country continue to struggle with a shortage of affordable housing, forcing too many Americans to choose between keeping a roof over their head or food on the table,” said Senator King. “This challenge cuts across party lines, and affects rural, urban, and suburban households alike. A problem of this magnitude deserves a pragmatic, bipartisan effort to find a solution. I am hopeful that this task force will give us the information we need to confront this challenge and ensure all Americans have access to affordable housing.”

“We have an affordable housing crisis in the State of Washington and across the United States, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made this crisis worse. We must act. I know that we can work in a bipartisan basis to both stimulate our economy and solve the affordable housing crisis,” said Senator Cantwell.

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