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Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the motion to recommit.

The veterans homeless program is a very good program. We all understand that. In this bill--and everybody should listen--we provide $75 million for 10,000 new vouchers already. So there's no question that we are meeting the need. This is the same as last year, and what we have in the bill is the President's request. Let me say that again. What we have in the bill for veterans vouchers is what the President asked for.

I will also say, it's interesting at this time to bring this motion. We have been through subcommittee markup, we have gone through full committee markup, we have been on the floor of this House for 2 days, and no one's ever raised this issue because everyone understood that we had fully met the funding requirements for the veterans homeless vouchers. So now it's an interesting time to bring this amendment or this motion.

And I will tell the folks, if, in fact, we find out there is an additional need before we get to conference, there isn't anybody in this House that won't support it. But we have fully funded the needs. This has been a full vetting process, and now, at the last moment you come up with a motion that is not necessary because everyone supports these vouchers.

This is a good, balanced bill, and I urge a ``no'' vote on the motion to recommit.

I yield back the balance of my time.


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