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House Passes VA-HUD, Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill

Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 1:45AM

On a vote of 336 to 89, the House today passed H.R. 2620, the FY 2002 VA-HUD and Independent Agencies appropriations bill. The Senate hopes to vote yet this week, before the month-long summer break, on its version (S. 1216). The House and Senate will conference when they return in September to compromise on a final version of the bill. Earlier, the House defeated two amendments to its appropriations measure. In a 214 to 197 vote, an amendment by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) would have taken $175 million from the increase allotted for the HOME program's Homeownership Initiative and used it for the Drug Elimination Grant Program. The other amendment, offered by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), would have eliminated the $200 million increase in HOME funds earmarked for the Administration's Downpayment Assistance Initiative and placed it in the HOME formula amount. That vote was 247 to 163.

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