WASHINGTON (6/29/15)--The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations bill last week, making it available for consideration by the full Senate. The $55.65 billion measure was approved by a 20-10 vote.
Under the bill's provisions, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will receive $37.56 billion, an increase of nearly $2 billion from FY2015.
HUD funding includes:
The bill also provides funding for federal-aid highway programs, aviation, rail safety, American ports, and intermodal water and land programs.
The $55.65 billion is a $1.88 billion increase over the FY2015 bill.
The House passed its THUD appropriations bill June 10, and it contained a CUNA-supported amendment preventing the use of funds to enforce the “disparate impact” concept regarding housing services. Disparate impact allows statistics to be used to establish claims of discrimination without proving intent to discriminate.
CUNA and its partners wrote in support of the amendment, and continues to advocate for legislation that would prevent the enforcement of disparate impact.
Should the Senate bill pass without a disparate impact amendment, the House and Senate would decide whether the amendment is included in the final bill during a conference committee.
The Supreme Court found last week that disparate impact can still be used in fair housing claims.