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SA 4399. Mr. COBURN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 3221, moving the United States toward greater energy independence and security, developing innovative new technologies, reducing carbon emissions, creating green jobs, protecting consumers, increasing clean renewable energy production, and modernizing our energy infrastructure, and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for the production
of renewable energy and energy conservation; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:


At the appropriate place, insert the following:
SEC. __X. VETERANS HOUSING.
(a) Short Title.--This section may be cited as the ``Housing for Heroes Act of 2008''.
(b) Authority of the Secretary to Reprogram Funds.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development may reprogram any funds appropriated or otherwise made available under this or any other Act for the Department of Housing and Urban Development that are intended to be used for any congressionally directed spending item to provide housing assistance to veterans of the Armed Forces who are eligible for housing assistance under the laws administered
by the Secretary.
(c) Report of the Secretary on Veterans Housing.--Prior to September 30 of each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2008, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall report annually to Congress and make available on its public Internet website a description of:
(1) The total number of veterans of the Armed Forces who sought housing assistance under any law administered by the Secretary in the preceding 12 months.
(2) The total number of veterans of the Armed Forces who received any such housing assistance in the preceding 12 months.
(3) The total number of veterans of the Armed Forces who did not receive such housing assistance due to a lack of funding in the preceding 12 months.
(4) The total number of section 8 vouchers applied for by veterans of the Armed Forces
(5) The total number of section 8 vouchers provided to veterans of the Armed Forces who were eligible for such vouchers.
(6) The total number of section 8 vouchers that could not be provided to veterans of the Armed Forces who were determined eligible for such vouchers within 6 months of that veteran submitting an application pursuant to section 8(o)(19) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)(19) due to a lack of funding.
(7) The total number and cost of congressionally directed spending items in the annual budget of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
(8) The number and total amount of congressionally directed spending items in the annual budget of the Department of Housing and Urban Development that have been reprogrammed to support housing assistance for veterans of the Armed Forces.
(9) A listing of any congressionally directed spending items for which funding was not reprogrammed and an explanation for each why such funds were not reprogrammed if there are any veterans of the Armed Forces who are not receiving housing assistance due to a lack of funding.
(d) Current Funding.--For fiscal year 2008, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development may reprogram any unobligated funds appropriated or otherwise made available under any prior Act for the Department of Housing and Urban Development that are intended to be used for any congressionally directed spending item.
(e) Definitions.--As used in this section--
(1) the term ``congressionally directed spending item'' has the same meaning given that term under section 521 of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-81); and
(2) the term ``section 8 voucher'' means a voucher available to eligible veterans under section 8(o)(19) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)(19)).


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Apr 3, 2008.)