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Congress Unveils FY2016 Omnibus Spending Bill, Extenders Legislation

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 1:00PM

The House Appropriations Committee today released the $1.1 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. The fiscal year (FY) 2016 omnibus spending bill provides $38.6 billion net spending for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including:

  • $950 million for the HOME Investment Partnerships program,
  • $19.6 billion for the Housing Choice Voucher program,
  • $10.6 billion for renewal of project-based rental assistance contracts and
  • $2.3 billion for homeless assistance grants, among numerous other programs.

The spending bill also extends the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy through 2016 at prior levels, phasing them out after 2019. The legislation extends the temporary 30 percent solar ITC and the temporary credit for solar residential energy through 2019, then phases the 30 percent investment tax credit (ITC) out after 2021. The House will likely vote on the bill Friday.

In other news, House and Senate leadership yesterday announced the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, a $650 billion extenders bill that extends or makes permanent several temporary tax provisions. The bill:

  • makes permanent the minimum 9 percent low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) applicable percentage or rate for federally unsubsidized developments,
  • extends the new markets tax credit (NMTC) for five years at $3.5 billion annually through 2019,
  • and makes permanent the military housing allowance exclusion for LIHTC income qualification for personnel stationed at or near certain military bases.

The House will consider it on Thursday. The Senate could consider it shortly thereafter on Friday, but if some Senators decide to slow consideration, it could take until Dec. 22 for final passage. The president is expected to sign it. More information about the extenders bill can be found in the section-by-section summary here and on the Notes from Novogradac blog. More information on the omnibus will also be available on the Notes from the Novogradac blog.

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