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HUD Appropriations

This week, the House of Representatives will consider the Make America Secure & Prosperous Appropriations Act, which comprises the eight remaining spending bills that have not yet advanced, including the one for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. Consideration of the bill is expected to last all week, as a result of the nearly 1,000 amendments submitted for the legislation.

Congress has until October 1, when the new fiscal year begins, to enact final FY18 spending bills or a short-term funding measure, known as a Continuing Resolution, to avert a partial federal government shutdown.

Trump administration weighs slashing mortgage deduction

Reducing the mortgage interest deduction would send earthquakes through the real estate industry.

A tax break popular with homeowners and the real estate industry could take a hit as Republicans look for ways to pay for their tax reform plan.

Despite promises from the Trump administration in April that it would “protect the homeownership … deductions,” multiple sources tracking tax reform said that the cap on the mortgage interest deduction — currently set at the interest on up to $1 million of mortgage debt — could be lowered in tax reform…Learn More.

Disaster Relief for Housing Cooperatives

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, our housing cooperatives realized that the common areas (hallways, roof, laundry rooms, etc.)  of their housing cooperatives, as well as condominiums and homeowners associations, were not eligible for FEMA Disaster Relief grants.  Only the inside of units are currently eligible for these grants.

To remedy this inequity, Congressman Mark Sanford (R-SC)  introduced HR 3238 on July 13, 2017. This bill would allow these homeowners to be eligible for FEMA grants for their common areas and thus treat them the same as all other homeowners.  Representatives Nadler (D-NY), Zeldin (R-NY), King (R-NY), and Engel (D-NY) are co-sponsors of HR 3238.

Attached is a letter of support for HR 3238 from the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and the Community Associations Institute.  To date, the National League of Cities, the National Cooperative Bank, the National Cooperative Business Association, and the National Leased Housing Association  have signed on to the letter.

We are hoping that others will consider adding their organization’s names in support of HR 3238. Please consider having your association and other organizations, including debris removal, sign on to our letter of support.

Representative Jordan Introduces Bill to Consolidate and Gut Federal Housing Programs

Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), a cofounder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, introduced a bill that would consolidate nearly all federal affordable housing programs into state block grants and dramatically reduce their funding over the next ten years. The “Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act” (H.R. 5360) would prohibit Congress from funding means-tested housing programs beginning in 2017…Learn More.

Banking Committee Advances HUD Deputy Secretary Nomination to the Senate

On June 14, the Senate Committee on Banking voted to recommend the nomination of Pam Patenaude to serve as HUD deputy secretary. Her nomination was supported by all members in attendance except for Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who asked that her vote be recorded as a “no.”…Learn More.

Congress Reaches Deal on FY17 Spending

Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress announced late in the evening Sunday, April 30 that they reached a deal on a final FY17 spending package to fund the federal government through September and avert a government shutdown. The spending package is expected to be voted on in the House and Senate later this week before the current Continuing Resolution ends on May 5, a full seven months after the start of the fiscal year last October… Read More.

FY17 Budget Chart

For selected department of housing and urban development (HUD) and USDA Housing and Community Development Programs… View Chart.

Straight Talk for Seniors®: Congress Cuts Funding for Two Senior Programs

This week, Congress is expected to approve a final fiscal year 2017 (FY17) appropriations bill that will keep the government funded through Sept. 30—but with significant cuts to two critical programs for seniors… Read more.

Congress Nears Deadline to Pass FY 17 Appropriations

When Congress returns to Washington from spring recess THIS WEEK, members will have only four full legislative days before the current continuing resolution (CR) – which is funding the federal government at fiscal year (FY) 16 levels – runs out. In order to continue funding the government after April 28, Congress must either pass a full-year CR for the remainder of FY 17 or a “cromnibus” bill in which some committees receive new FY 17 appropriations while others remain funded through a CR at FY 16 levels. There is strong bipartisan support for passing the completed FY 17 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill as part of a cromnibus package. But controversial proposals to provide funding for a border wall and block federal grants for sanctuary cities could be added to the spending bill, which have the potential to derail negotiations and result in a full-year CR for all agencies or potentially a government shutdown. If Congress fails to pass the completed FY 17 THUD appropriations and enacts a full-year CR without any adjustments known as “anomalies,” approximately 290,000 households would be at risk of losing their housing due to shortfalls in funding for Housing Choice Vouchers and Project-Based Rental Assistance.

If Congress completes FY17 appropriations this week, work will then begin on the FY 18 budget resolution and appropriations bills. The White House released its skinny budget request for FY18 spending in mid-March, which called for a $6.2 billion cut to HUD funding by eliminating multiple grant programs, including the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Section 4 Capacity Building and Choice Neighborhoods programs. These cuts would be harmful to families and communities at a time when the demand for affordable homes increasingly outweighs the supply.

Carson assures advocates that White House will include housing funding in infrastructure bill

HUD Secretary Ben Carson said Monday that the Trump administration will seek to include housing funding in a yet-to-be unveiled infrastructure spending bill.

“The part that people are not hearing even though I’ve said it several times is that this administration considers housing a significant part of infrastructure in our country. And as such, the infrastructure bill that’s being worked on has a significant inclusion of housing in it,” Carson said at the National Low Income Housing Coalition conference in Washington… Read more.

H.R.1684 – Disaster Assistance Support for Communities and Homeowners Act of 2017

H.R. 1684 was introduced by Representative Nadler (D-NY) on March 22, 2017. This legislation directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance to housing cooperatives, condominiums and other homeowners associations, regarding the process to become eligible for disaster assistance.  In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Rep. Nadler has been a strong supporter of efforts to obtain disaster assistance relief for our housing cooperatives. H.R. 1684 was assigned to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.

H.R.1684 – Disaster Assistance Support for Communities and Homeowners Act of 2017

UPDATE: Congress Unveils Short-Term Stopgap Spending Bill

Bill funds the federal government through the end of next April. Congress must pass it by the end of the week to avert a government shutdown… Read more.

Democrats Push Government Toward Shutdown

Democrats are pushing the government to the brink of a shutdown, with coal country Senate Democrats leading a strategy to oppose a GOP spending bill if their demands aren’t met for a longer extension of expiring health care benefits for coal miners… Read more.

House Appropriations Committee Passes FY17 THUD Spending Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved its FY17 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) spending bill by a voice vote on May 24. As we reported last week, the bill would… Read more.

Congress Considers Making Co-op Fee Deductible *

On March 3rd, Representatives Eshoo (D-CA) and Representative Thompson (D-CA) introduced the Helping Our Middle-Income Earners (HOME) ActH. R. 4696. This bill allows for an income tax deduction (up to $5,000) for homeowner association (including housing cooperatives) assessments and fees.  The bill would allow homeowners in community associations – condominiums, housing cooperatives and homeowners associations – who earn $115,000 or less in annual income, to deduct up to $5,000 of their association/co-op fees and assessments from their federal tax liability.

*Please note: Unfortunately, HR 4696 has only a 3% likelihood of passage in the current Congress. NAHC will monitor HR 4696 for possible developments.

Read more.

Anna Eshoo bill proposes tax relief for homeowners: People who pay association fees could get tax break

Homeowners who live in condominiums or other communities required to pay association fees could get some tax relief under a bill introduced Thursday by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto. Read more.

First THUD Appropriations Hearing Held, Second Hearing Scheduled

On March 1, HUD Secretary Julián Castro testified on the agency’s FY17 budget request before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD). Read more.


Veterans Affairs (VA)

VA Loan Guarantees for Housing Cooperatives

Congressional action is needed to include housing cooperatives in the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Home Mortgage Loan Guaranty program to allow veterans to use this VA benefit to purchase shares in a housing cooperative. Rep. Maloney (D-NY) has introduced bills in the past and plans to do so again this November. NAHC seeks support from veteran organizations as well as co-sponsors for this legislation. If you are a veteran, please help us gain support from veteran organizations. Everyone should ask their congressional representatives to consider co-sponsoring this VA legislative issue.


Amateur Radio Party

Amateur Radio Parity

Legislative efforts in the previous Congress attempted to invalidate private land use restrictions and covenants that ban amateur (HAM) radio broadcasting or place restrictions on the installation of radio towers and antennas used in HAM radio broadcasts. For any restrictions to survive the pre-emption, the restrictions may only protect the “legitimate” interests of the restricting party; otherwise the restrictions are not valid. NAHC is opposed to this legislation because this overrides the ability of the Board of a Cooperative to decide policy for its community.

 

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Congressional Issues

Contact the United States Congress

Click here to view the list of Congressional Members by state.

*Identify Your Senators and Representatives in the U.S. Congress.
*Click the name of the elected official you want to contact. This will take you to their website.
*Look for the “Contact” link on the website, and click on it to find a web form to send your message. Send your message!

Let Your Cooperative Voice be heard by the Members of Congress that represent you!


HUD Appropriations

This week, the House of Representatives will consider the Make America Secure & Prosperous Appropriations Act, which comprises the eight remaining spending bills that have not yet advanced, including the one for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. Consideration of the bill is expected to last all week, as a result of the nearly 1,000 amendments submitted for the legislation.

Congress has until October 1, when the new fiscal year begins, to enact final FY18 spending bills or a short-term funding measure, known as a Continuing Resolution, to avert a partial federal government shutdown.

Trump administration weighs slashing mortgage deduction

Reducing the mortgage interest deduction would send earthquakes through the real estate industry.

A tax break popular with homeowners and the real estate industry could take a hit as Republicans look for ways to pay for their tax reform plan.

Despite promises from the Trump administration in April that it would “protect the homeownership … deductions,” multiple sources tracking tax reform said that the cap on the mortgage interest deduction — currently set at the interest on up to $1 million of mortgage debt — could be lowered in tax reform…Learn More.

Disaster Relief for Housing Cooperatives

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, our housing cooperatives realized that the common areas (hallways, roof, laundry rooms, etc.)  of their housing cooperatives, as well as condominiums and homeowners associations, were not eligible for FEMA Disaster Relief grants.  Only the inside of units are currently eligible for these grants.

To remedy this inequity, Congressman Mark Sanford (R-SC)  introduced HR 3238 on July 13, 2017. This bill would allow these homeowners to be eligible for FEMA grants for their common areas and thus treat them the same as all other homeowners.  Representatives Nadler (D-NY), Zeldin (R-NY), King (R-NY), and Engel (D-NY) are co-sponsors of HR 3238.

Attached is a letter of support for HR 3238 from the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and the Community Associations Institute.  To date, the National League of Cities, the National Cooperative Bank, the National Cooperative Business Association, and the National Leased Housing Association  have signed on to the letter.

We are hoping that others will consider adding their organization’s names in support of HR 3238. Please consider having your association and other organizations, including debris removal, sign on to our letter of support.

Representative Jordan Introduces Bill to Consolidate and Gut Federal Housing Programs

Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), a cofounder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, introduced a bill that would consolidate nearly all federal affordable housing programs into state block grants and dramatically reduce their funding over the next ten years. The “Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act” (H.R. 5360) would prohibit Congress from funding means-tested housing programs beginning in 2017…Learn More.

Banking Committee Advances HUD Deputy Secretary Nomination to the Senate

On June 14, the Senate Committee on Banking voted to recommend the nomination of Pam Patenaude to serve as HUD deputy secretary. Her nomination was supported by all members in attendance except for Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who asked that her vote be recorded as a “no.”…Learn More.

Congress Reaches Deal on FY17 Spending

Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress announced late in the evening Sunday, April 30 that they reached a deal on a final FY17 spending package to fund the federal government through September and avert a government shutdown. The spending package is expected to be voted on in the House and Senate later this week before the current Continuing Resolution ends on May 5, a full seven months after the start of the fiscal year last October… Read More.

FY17 Budget Chart

For selected department of housing and urban development (HUD) and USDA Housing and Community Development Programs… View Chart.

Straight Talk for Seniors®: Congress Cuts Funding for Two Senior Programs

This week, Congress is expected to approve a final fiscal year 2017 (FY17) appropriations bill that will keep the government funded through Sept. 30—but with significant cuts to two critical programs for seniors… Read more.

Congress Nears Deadline to Pass FY 17 Appropriations

When Congress returns to Washington from spring recess THIS WEEK, members will have only four full legislative days before the current continuing resolution (CR) – which is funding the federal government at fiscal year (FY) 16 levels – runs out. In order to continue funding the government after April 28, Congress must either pass a full-year CR for the remainder of FY 17 or a “cromnibus” bill in which some committees receive new FY 17 appropriations while others remain funded through a CR at FY 16 levels. There is strong bipartisan support for passing the completed FY 17 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill as part of a cromnibus package. But controversial proposals to provide funding for a border wall and block federal grants for sanctuary cities could be added to the spending bill, which have the potential to derail negotiations and result in a full-year CR for all agencies or potentially a government shutdown. If Congress fails to pass the completed FY 17 THUD appropriations and enacts a full-year CR without any adjustments known as “anomalies,” approximately 290,000 households would be at risk of losing their housing due to shortfalls in funding for Housing Choice Vouchers and Project-Based Rental Assistance.

If Congress completes FY17 appropriations this week, work will then begin on the FY 18 budget resolution and appropriations bills. The White House released its skinny budget request for FY18 spending in mid-March, which called for a $6.2 billion cut to HUD funding by eliminating multiple grant programs, including the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Section 4 Capacity Building and Choice Neighborhoods programs. These cuts would be harmful to families and communities at a time when the demand for affordable homes increasingly outweighs the supply.

Carson assures advocates that White House will include housing funding in infrastructure bill

HUD Secretary Ben Carson said Monday that the Trump administration will seek to include housing funding in a yet-to-be unveiled infrastructure spending bill.

“The part that people are not hearing even though I’ve said it several times is that this administration considers housing a significant part of infrastructure in our country. And as such, the infrastructure bill that’s being worked on has a significant inclusion of housing in it,” Carson said at the National Low Income Housing Coalition conference in Washington… Read more.

H.R.1684 – Disaster Assistance Support for Communities and Homeowners Act of 2017

H.R. 1684 was introduced by Representative Nadler (D-NY) on March 22, 2017. This legislation directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance to housing cooperatives, condominiums and other homeowners associations, regarding the process to become eligible for disaster assistance.  In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Rep. Nadler has been a strong supporter of efforts to obtain disaster assistance relief for our housing cooperatives. H.R. 1684 was assigned to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.

H.R.1684 – Disaster Assistance Support for Communities and Homeowners Act of 2017

UPDATE: Congress Unveils Short-Term Stopgap Spending Bill

Bill funds the federal government through the end of next April. Congress must pass it by the end of the week to avert a government shutdown… Read more.

Democrats Push Government Toward Shutdown

Democrats are pushing the government to the brink of a shutdown, with coal country Senate Democrats leading a strategy to oppose a GOP spending bill if their demands aren’t met for a longer extension of expiring health care benefits for coal miners… Read more.

House Appropriations Committee Passes FY17 THUD Spending Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved its FY17 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) spending bill by a voice vote on May 24. As we reported last week, the bill would… Read more.

Congress Considers Making Co-op Fee Deductible *

On March 3rd, Representatives Eshoo (D-CA) and Representative Thompson (D-CA) introduced the Helping Our Middle-Income Earners (HOME) ActH. R. 4696. This bill allows for an income tax deduction (up to $5,000) for homeowner association (including housing cooperatives) assessments and fees.  The bill would allow homeowners in community associations – condominiums, housing cooperatives and homeowners associations – who earn $115,000 or less in annual income, to deduct up to $5,000 of their association/co-op fees and assessments from their federal tax liability.

*Please note: Unfortunately, HR 4696 has only a 3% likelihood of passage in the current Congress. NAHC will monitor HR 4696 for possible developments.

Read more.

Anna Eshoo bill proposes tax relief for homeowners: People who pay association fees could get tax break

Homeowners who live in condominiums or other communities required to pay association fees could get some tax relief under a bill introduced Thursday by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto. Read more.

First THUD Appropriations Hearing Held, Second Hearing Scheduled

On March 1, HUD Secretary Julián Castro testified on the agency’s FY17 budget request before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD). Read more.


Veterans Affairs (VA)

VA Loan Guarantees for Housing Cooperatives

Congressional action is needed to include housing cooperatives in the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Home Mortgage Loan Guaranty program to allow veterans to use this VA benefit to purchase shares in a housing cooperative. Rep. Maloney (D-NY) has introduced bills in the past and plans to do so again this November. NAHC seeks support from veteran organizations as well as co-sponsors for this legislation. If you are a veteran, please help us gain support from veteran organizations. Everyone should ask their congressional representatives to consider co-sponsoring this VA legislative issue.


Amateur Radio Party

Amateur Radio Parity

Legislative efforts in the previous Congress attempted to invalidate private land use restrictions and covenants that ban amateur (HAM) radio broadcasting or place restrictions on the installation of radio towers and antennas used in HAM radio broadcasts. For any restrictions to survive the pre-emption, the restrictions may only protect the “legitimate” interests of the restricting party; otherwise the restrictions are not valid. NAHC is opposed to this legislation because this overrides the ability of the Board of a Cooperative to decide policy for its community.