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January 19, 2008

House Votes - H.R. 3524: HOPE VI Improvement and Reauthorization

H.Res. 922: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3524

On agreeing to the resolution
Agreed to by voice vote.


H.R. 3524: H.R. 3524: HOPE VI Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2007
To reauthorize the HOPE VI program for revitalization of severely distressed public housing, and for other purposes.

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

H.Amdt. 923 by Rep. Waters [D-CA]
An amendment numbered 1 printed in House Report 110-509 to make a number of technical and conforming changes as well as enhancements to the bill, including the following:
  1. redefines the scope of the 1 for 1 replacement requirement by requiring the replacement of all units in existence as of January 1, 2005, and provides a limited waiver from the replacement requirement;
  2. extends the timeline for rebuilding replacement housing units to 54 months from the date of execution of the grant agreement, consistent with current HUD practice;
  3. clarifies procedural requirements for making any significant amendments or changes to a revitalization plan;
  4. removes specific references to LEED for non-residential construction and excludes costs associated with green development compliance from HUD's Total Development Cost calculation;
  5. clarifies eligibility and occupancy standards; and
  6. clarifies that no person not lawfully permitted to be in, or remain in, the United States is eligible for housing assistance under this bill.
Agreed to 388-20

H.Amdt. 924 by Rep. Neugebauer [R-TX]
An amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 110-509 to apply the one-to-one replacement requirement for units demolished under a HOPE VI grant only to units that are occupied prior to demolition.
Failed 181-227

H.Amdt. 926 by Rep. Sessions [R-TX]
An amendment numbered 4 printed in House Report 110-509 to maintain HUD's authority to issue demolition-only grants.
Failed 186-221

H.Amdt. 928 by Rep. King [R-IA]
An amendment numbered 6 printed in House Report 110-509 to prevent appropriations for Davis-Bacon wages.
Failed 136-268

H.Amdt. 929 by Rep. Capito [R-WV]
An amendment numbered 7 printed in House Report 110-509 to substitute the green building requirement, which is part of the mandatory core component of the underlying bill, with a provision that includes green building as part of the mandatory graded section. It also strikes references in the bill to specific green building standards and instead requires the Secretary of HUD to select a rating system, standard, or code for green buildings. This standard shall meet certain criteria and the Secretary shall conduct a study every 5 years to evaluate and compare third party green building standards to see if they meet the criteria.
Failed 169-240

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H331-333; text: CR H331)
Passed 372-28
GOP Housing Proposal Puts Veterans First;
Strikes Dem Provision Giving Preference to Convicted Felons
The House today is considering the HOPE VI Improvement and Reauthorization Act (H.R. 3524) to reauthorize a federal housing program. Buried deep in the legislation is language that would give convicted felons a "Hard to House" preference for participating in the program. House Republicans will offer a motion to recommit proposal this afternoon to strip this preference for convicted felons and instead provide it to veterans.

New Year, Same Result: GOP Continues to Score Key Policy Victories
It's a new year, but some things have stayed the same - like Republican success on the House floor. House Republicans continue to score victories there, using what once was a parliamentary tool of the Minority - the motion to recommit (MTR) - as a vehicle to enact meaningful policy. Yesterday, the House overwhelmingly passed yet another GOP proposal, this one designed to put veterans' interests ahead of those of convicted felons - instead of behind them - when they participate in the Hope VI federal housing program.

On Passage
Passed 271-130


House Passes Bill Renewing Housing Revitalization Program
The House on Thursday passed an eight-year renewal of a program designed to rehabilitate or replace dilapidated public housing, despite Bush administration assertions that the program is inefficient and obsolete.

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