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Senate Begins Marking Up USDA Funding Bill

The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its proposal for fiscal year 2018 funding for USDA, including the rural housing programs, on July 18. The full Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to consider the bill on July 20. The text of the bill will not be available until after the full committee markup. HAC has learned what the funding levels are for a few of the rural housing programs, and a few are available in statements released by the subcommittee (here and here). Funding levels not shown in the table below will be available when the bill text is released.

The House Appropriations Committee completed work on its bill on July 12. It adopted one housing-related change to the subcommittee’s bill, making H-2A visa holders eligible for Section 514/516 farmworker housing. [tdborder][/tdborder]

USDA Rural Dev. Prog.
(dollars in millions)

FY16 Approp.

FY17 Approp.

FY18 Trump Budget Proposal

House Bill

Senate Bill

502 Single Fam. Direct
Self-Help setaside

$900
5

$1,000
5

0
0

$900
5

$1,000

502 Single Family Guar.

24,000

24,000

24,000

24,000

24,000

504 VLI Repair Loans

26.3

26.3

0

24

504 VLI Repair Grants

28.7

28.7

a

a

515 Rental Hsg. Direct Lns.

28.4

35

0

28.4

35

514 Farm Labor Hsg. Lns.

23.9

23.9

(-11)b

15

23.9

516 Farm Labor Hsg. Grts.

8.3

8.3

0

6

8.3

521 Rental Assistance

1,390

1,405c

1,345

1,345

1,345

523 Self-Help TA

27.5

30

(-4)b

25

533 Hsg. Prsrv. Grants

3.5

5

0

a

538 Rental Hsg. Guar.

150

230

250

230

Rental Prsrv. Demo. (MPR)

22

22

(-4)b

15

542 Rural Hsg. Vouchers

15

19.4

16

20

19.4

Rural Cmnty. Dev’t Init.

4

4

0

0

a. Would become part of Rural Economic Infrastructure Grant program.
b. Budget proposes to rescind unobligated funds from three programs: $11 million from Sec. 523 self-help, $4 million from Sec. 514/516 farm labor housing, and $4 million from MPR.
c. Includes $40 million in advance funding for FY18, so total available in FY17 is $1.365 billion and total available in FY18 would be $1.385 billion.