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H.R. 4451: Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2017
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4451 in the House. The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations, which set overall spending limits by agency or program, and authorizations, which direct how federal funds should (or should not) be used. Appropriation and authorization provisions are typically made for single fiscal years. A reauthorization bill like this one renews the authorizations of an expiring law. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 4451, as amended, would amend U.S. Code to provide a five year extension, through Fiscal Year 2022 of both the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Programs and the Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans with Children Reintegration Grant Program.

H.R. 4451 would also clarify eligibility for services under the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, to include: 1) homeless veterans; 2) veterans participating in the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) supported housing program for which financial assistance is provided; 3) Native Americans who are veterans receiving assistance under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996; 4) veterans who are transitioning from being incarcerated; and 5) veterans participating in the VA rapid rehousing and prevention program.

The VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are authorized to run a joint program called HUD-VA Supportive Housing to provide housing vouchers and supportive services to homeless veterans to help them sustain permanent housing. Because the veterans using these vouchers are in housing, they are not considered “homeless” and thus cannot receive job training or placement assistance under the Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP).

H.R. 4451, as amended, would clarify which veterans are eligible to participate in the HVRP, so that those receiving vouchers and other veterans are still eligible to receive training services. This bill would also reauthorize HVRP and the Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans with Children Reintegration Grant Program through Fiscal Year 2022.

Source: Republican Policy Committee

Totals

All Votes R D
Yea 88%
 
 
377
210
 
167
 
Nay 0%
 
 
1
0
 
1
 
Not Voting 11%
 
 
49
24
 
25
 

Passed. 2/3 Required. May 21, 2018 at 7:08 p.m. ET. Source: house.gov.

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