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The MReport Webcast: Monday 6/29/15

The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations recently approved the fiscal year 2016 Transportation, HUD, and related agencies Appropriations Bill. The major goals of the bill is to increase the efficiency and affordability of federal housing programs and provide funding for transportation and infrastructure priorities, working within the guidelines of the Budget Control Act.

The bill provides additional funding for housing America’s most vulnerable individuals and families, while improving housing programs’ effectiveness. This action will make 55.65 billion dollars in funds available for consideration by the Senate, a 1.88 billion dollars increase from fiscal year 2015 and 7 billion dollars below the amount the President Obama requested. The legislation provides 37.56 billion dollars for HUD specifically, an increase of nearly 2 billion dollars above the last fiscal year’s enacted level and 3 billion dollars below the President’s request.

A recent poll from Rasmussen Reports found that the majority of American voters’ believe that the government should not get involved in tying different income levels together in an effort to diversify neighborhood across the U.S. The poll determined that 83% of respondents believe it is not the government’s job to diversify neighborhoods in America so that people of different income levels live together, but 8% say that it is a role for the government and 9% are not sure. An additional 86% say that government should not play a role in deciding where people can live.