By a vote of 179-246, the House rejected a Republican alternative to a bill drafted by Democrats (HR 4) authorizing $15.9 billion in housing and community development programs for the next fiscal year. The bill, which was sent to conference with the Senate, funds more than 50 programs and goes nearly $6 billion beyond President Reagan's budget request .
This amendment sought to trim $1.7 billion, cutting spending for programs such as public housing and Section 8 rental assistance for the poor. It also tried to eliminate a new $100-million program under which moderate- and low-income people would get forgiveable $15,000 loans for home purchases.
David Dreier (R-La Verne), who voted for the substitute, called the bill "a menace to those who benefit from, administer and pay for our housing and community development programs."
Amendment foe Henry B. Gonzalez (D-Tex.) said the bill's outlay for housing is less than was spent before the Reagan Administration took office.