by Kaitlyn Snyder, National Housing Conference
Today the House Committee on Appropriations released draft text of the FY 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) funding bill. The bill is schedule for markup in the THUD appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday, May 18 at 11:30 a.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building, room 2358-A. You can also watch a webcast of the hearing here.
The legislation includes a total of $38.7 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), an increase of $384 million above the FY 2016 enacted level and $953 million below the president’s request. Below are highlights from the House’s draft budget and a chart showing funding for selected HUD and USDA programs.
Policy Proposals. The appropriations committee also highlighted a number of legislative reforms included in the bill:
- Clarifies and extends the prohibition on the 2013 changes to the 34-hour truck-driver restart rule.
- Facilitates interstate commerce by affirming a uniform hours of service trucking requirement.
- Requires DOT to improve safety data.
- Restricts HUD from implementing floodplain policies (to which NHC is opposed).