The House passed H.R. 5972, its Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (T-HUD) spending bill on June 29. It maintained funding for the Section 811 Supportive Housing for People with Disabilities program at $165 million, 9% above the President’s Budget Request of $150 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013.
The Senate Appropriations Committee’s T-HUD Subcommittee had marked up its spending bill, S. 2322, on April 17th. The Senate bill provided $150 million for the 811. No date has been set for the full Senate to vote on the bill.
Despite Congress’ actions on FY 2013 appropriations bills, they are unlikely to be enacted due to the different spending limits between the House and Senate. The House is working with the $1.028 billion limit set by the House Budget Resolution, while the Senate is using the higher $1.047 billion limit set by the Budget Control Act. Instead, one or more continuing resolution is anticipated to keep the federal government operating into the beginning of the fiscal year which begins on October 1, 2012.