Congressional Houses Both Fund HOPE VI in FY 2004 Legislation
Despite President George W. Bush’s proposal to eliminate the program, both houses of Congress have funded HOPE VI in their versions of fiscal year (FY) 2004 Veterans Affairs (VA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Independent Agencies appropriations legislation. The Senate’s bill, released by the Appropriations Committee yesterday, includes $195 million for HOPE VI. After forgoing its scheduled subcommittee markup of the FY 2004 VA-HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations bill on September 3, the full Senate Appropriations Committee instead opted to unveil and mark up its version of the measure yesterday. The bill will now go before the full Senate for debate. Additional highlights of the $122.1 billion bill include: overall funding for HUD of $36.086 billion, an increase of $157.6 million over the budget request; and $4.546 billion for the Community Development Block Grant program; the Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development and Brownfields are funded at $25 million - both were eliminated in the budget request; empowerment zones were not funded, consistent with the budget request. Click here for the details and status of the appropriations’ bill.