House Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal 2015 Bill

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House Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal 2015 Bill

WASHINGTON–On May 7, The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development held a hearing on the fiscal 2015 spending bill. The legislation includes funding for the Native American Housing Block Grants and the Indian Housing Loan Guarantee Program.

The bill provides $650 million for the Native American Housing Block Grants and an additional $3 million for training and technical assistance. The bill also continues funding for the Indian Housing Loan Guarantee Fund Program at $8 million.

The bill contains “unexpended balance” language, which was included in the president’s fiscal 2015 budget request. If enacted, this allows the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to withhold allocations from recipients whose undispersed block grant total is greater than three times its yearly award under the formula allocation.

In the event a recipient’s grant amounts are adjusted, based upon the unexpended balance provision, those amounts shall then be allocated under the need component of the formula. Both the unexpended balance provision and redistribution of funds provision are inapplicable to Indian tribes that receive less than $5 million under the formula allocation.

The Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act was first passed in 1996. It expired in September 2013, but Congress has continued funding it. Reauthorization bills are pending in the House and Senate. S 1352 passed the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in December 2013 and awaits Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to call the bill for full Senate consideration. In the House, Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, introduced HR 4277 and Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., introduced HR 4329. Both are NAHASDA reauthorization bills and both have been referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.