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28th May
2010
written by naehblog

Hey, big news!

Today, the House passed the Tax Extenders bill (after their hiccup yesterday).
As a reminder, the bill capitalizes the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) and extends the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF).

The bill now heads to the Senate, and we need your Senators to vote for the legislation, H.R. 4213.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • Call the housing staffer in your Senators’ offices next week. Congressional office phone numbers can be found by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
  • Urge them to continue their support for preventing and ending homelessness in your community by voting YES on H.R. 4213.
  • Call your Representatives and thank them for passing H.R. 4213. The list of who voted for the bill will available here shortly.

Needless to say, none of this progress can happen without your voice and support. Thank you so much! for your efforts to sway your members – and don’t stop now!

For more information about the Tax Extenders bill, check out our blogpost about the legislation or see our Advocacy Updates.

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    28/05/2010

    Where can people read the version of the H.R. 4213 bill that passed the House today?

  2. povertyandpolicy
    29/05/2010

    I would not thank House members for passing the bill. Better, I think, to thank them only for supporting funds to capitalize the Trust Fund.

    The bill as a whole is extremely problematic because, at the last minute, crucially-needed fiscal aid to the states and an extension of COBRA health insurance subsidies were dropped. If the Senate doesn't restore these provisions, we can expect large job losses and more families at risk of homelessness.

    I've recapped the issues at http://uspoverty.change.org/blog/view/house_passes_gutted_jobs_bill

  3. Catherine
    01/06/2010

    Thanks for the comment! A summary of H.R. 4213 can be found here: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.4213:

  4. Liz Whitehurst
    01/06/2010

    Hi Kathryn,

    We definitely share some of your concerns about provisions that were dropped from the bill.

    However, the Alliance has worked on the National Housing Trust Fund for 10 years, and it's important to thank the Members who help us make progress.

    We also scored a victory with the extension of the TANF Emergency Contingency Fund, which is crucial for families at risk of homelessness.

    Thanks for reading and sharing your analysis.