With federal budget shortfalls, House Republicans on Tuesday approved a $50 million housing assistance program for low-income Americans to help them pay the bills.
The House voted 219-210 to approve the $25 million “Harbor Freight Freight Rebate.”
The measure, which also authorizes $5 million in emergency grants, would help some 1.4 million low- and moderate-income households.
The measure was one of the first bills passed by Congress since Trump took office.
The Trump administration has been criticized for spending billions of dollars on housing assistance, which has been a priority for Democrats.
Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, said the measure was designed to provide assistance to low-and moderate-class Americans who are struggling financially.
“It will help provide housing assistance for those who are unable to afford to buy their own homes, but cannot afford to live in a traditional rental apartment,” Doyle said in a statement.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the housing assistance would help millions of Americans and help stabilize their housing market.
“The Senate will take up the legislation and we will have the opportunity to have our voices heard and have our views heard on this legislation before the final vote,” Ryan said in the statement.
The bill would also provide $30 million for the Bureau of Housing and Urban Development to help states make the necessary changes to their housing codes.
Trump has been accused of ignoring the housing crisis and instead relying on cheap imports to fund his agenda.
Trump said in an interview with the New York Times last month that he didn’t see the need to provide subsidies for those in need of assistance.
The housing assistance will be available for anyone who has been in a home without a mortgage, and it would be paid for through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.
The program has become a point of contention between Democrats and Republicans, with some Republicans arguing that it is a government subsidy for low and moderate income Americans.