What: All Issues : Housing : Funding for Housing Programs : H.R. 2861. Fiscal 2004 VA-HUD Appropriations/Vote to Fully-Fund a Program Which Provides Shelter and Transitional Housing Arrangements to the Homeless. (2003 house Roll Call 455)
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H.R. 2861. Fiscal 2004 VA-HUD Appropriations/Vote to Fully-Fund a Program Which Provides Shelter and Transitional Housing Arrangements to the Homeless.
house Roll Call 455     Jul 25, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

One function of the Department of Housing and Urban Development is to provide shelter and transitional housing arrangements to homeless individuals. The 2004 VA-HUD appropriations bill-a measure to fund veterans' affairs (VA) programs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-included $83 million less than the amount requested by President Bush for homelessness assistance programs. During debate on the appropriations bill, Congresswoman Lee (D-CA) introduced an amendment which would have increased funding for homelessness programs by $83 million in accordance with the President's original budget request. Progressives voted in favor of Lee's amendment because, in their view, Congress has a duty to insure that homeless individuals are protected from the elements and are provided options to help them find permanent living arrangements. A solid majority of Democrats voted in favor of Lee's amendment but the measure encountered stiff opposition from Republicans and was rejected 192-232.

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