Senate Democrats Unite for a Whole-of-Government Approach to National Housing Needs

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On Friday, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, led 17 Senate Committee Chairs and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in a letter to President Biden requesting that the federal government utilize a “whole-of-government” approach to address our nation’s housing needs.

“Our nation’s housing is an essential piece of our infrastructure, but it is a sector that remains in crisis,” wrote the Senators. “With the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act, decisive steps have been taken to address many of our nation’s infrastructure deficiencies. However, more must be done to address the challenges facing the housing sector, where lagging production coupled with aging housing stock are making housing more expensive and unable to meet the needs of all Americans.”

Brown and Schumer were joined in the letter by Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR), Appropriations Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), Armed Services Committee Chair Jack Reed (D-RI), Indian Affairs Committee Chair Brian Schatz (D-HI), Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Aging Committee Chair Bob Casey (D-PA), Small Business Committee Chair Ben Cardin (D-MD), Budget Committee Chair Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Joint Economic Committee Vice Chair Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Tom Carper (D-DE), Intelligence Committee Chair Mark Warner (D-VA), Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D-IL), Foreign Relations Committee Chair Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Homeland Security Committee Chair Gary Peters (D-MI), Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rules Committee Chair Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Banking and Housing Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development Chair Tina Smith (D-MN).

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A copy of the letter is available here.

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