After a tense day in Washington and a narrowly-passed procedural vote, the House approved by 219-206 a $1.13 trillion spending deal that includes funding for the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) bill. The vote came late on Thursday night, just hours before a government shutdown was to be triggered. The bill, along with a two-day continuing resolution, now goes to the Senate, which is expected to vote on the measure soon.
The deal was unveiled on Tuesday night after weeks of closed negotiations between appropriators and drew immediate criticism from both the left and the right. Liberal Democrats were upset over provisions that loosened regulations established by the Dodd-Frank Act and changed campaign finance laws. Conservative Republicans were unhappy that the bill did not prevent President Obama from implementing his immigration executive actions.
A procedural vote nearly failed on Thursday afternoon, passing by a single vote. House leadership cancelled an afternoon vote on the bill in an attempt to shore up more support, a bipartisan effort that was aided by the support of several key Democrats.
The Senate will begin consideration of the measure today. Though there is some opposition to the bill from both sides of the aisle in the Senate, it is expected to pass. It is unclear whether a final vote on the bill will happen today or Saturday, when the two-day CR expires.
The passage of the bill in the House is a major victory for NAHRO. Several key policy provisions advocated for by NAHRO were contained in the measure, including a NAHRO-proposed flat rent fix and an expansion to the RAD cap to 185,000 units. The bill is also closer to NAHRO-supported Senate proposed funding levels than the dangerously-low House approved levels.
NAHRO will provide detailed analyses of the bill in the coming days in its Direct News publication.