House to vote on stripping HUD secretary Donovan’s travel budget

The House will vote Thursday on a measure to strip the travel budget of President Obama’s housing secretary.

The measure is sponsored by Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), who weeks ago called for Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan’s resignation over what he and other California members believe has been the administration’s subpar response to the housing and foreclosure crisis that has crippled the state’s housing market.

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Cardoza’s California district is one of the hardest hit in the country by the housing crisis.

If the measure passes, it would be a shot across the bow against the Obama administration’s handling of the foreclosure crisis.

Donovan will meet Thursday morning with Cardoza and other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, where he was expected to receive a verbal berating by Democrats representing districts with disproportionately high home foreclosure rates.

Cardoza’s bill is one of 24 amendments to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill the House will consider Thursday.

Cardoza, who sits on the Rules Committee, was able to tack on the amendment late Wednesday during the committee’s consideration of a rule allowing the Transportation-HUD bill to come to the floor Thursday.