House Committee votes 47-11 in favor of amended NAHASDA bill

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Contact: Jared King
Communications Director
Navajo Nation Washington Office
202-200-0625
jking@nnwo.org

***LEGISLATIVE ALERT***

House Committee votes 47-11 in favor of amended NAHASDA bill

WASHINGTON—By a vote of 47-11, the House Financial Services Committee today cleared HR 4329, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2014, sending the bill for full House consideration. If enacted, the bill would reauthorize NAHASDA for five years and includes unexpended funds language detrimental to the Navajo Nation.

The only amendment to pass during the markup on the bill was offered by Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., which modified several sections in the original bill.

The most significant provision to the Navajo Nation in the amendment is the inclusion of the unexpended funds language found in both the president's fiscal 2015 budget request and the House fiscal 2015 Transportation-HUD bill.

This provision limits a Tribally Designated Housing Entity’s (TDHE) carry-over to three times its yearly funding allocation. In the event a TDHE has more than three times its yearly allocation, its current year grant will be reduced by the overage.

The Senate has cleared its own version of NAHASDA, which does not contain the unexpended funds language, and is awaiting full Senate consideration.

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