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House Committee Approves Transportation Bill

Friday, June 7, 2019

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Late last month, the United States House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would provide funding for transportation projects and bettering national resilience, as well as addressing housing and urban development.

The Appropriations Committee passed the measure, known as the “Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Funding Bill,” 29-21. The measure provides the Department of Transportation with $1 billion for multimodal endeavors in states and urban areas. The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants would also see a $100 million increase.

Infrastructure Plan Endeavors

In late April, President Donald J. Trump and Democratic congressional leaders announced the agreement of a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. The proposal focuses on roads, bridges, highways, water, power grids and other various infrastructure. However, no agreement has been made on how it will be to be paid for.

Trump unveiled his proposed infrastructure plan last year, which focused on $1.5 trillion in new spending on infrastructure over the course of a decade. However, the plan relied heavily on state, local and private investments, including $200 billion in federal funding in hopes to leverage more than six times as much new revenue from those sources.

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Late last month, the United States House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would provide funding for transportation projects and bettering national resilience, as well as addressing housing and urban development.

A plan released prior to the president’s by Senate Democrats intended to rely far more heavily on direct federal government spending, though.

Traditionally, Democrats favor direct government investment and Republicans generally prefer that public seed money leverage private capital. Although Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer agree that there must be a “very large federal share,” Trump disapproves of the Democratic proposal involving 80% federally funded dollars.

Fiscal 2020 Transportation Funding

Other funding for transportation includes: $48.9 billion for the Federal Highway Administration, which clocks in $404 million below the 2019 enacted level, but $1.7 billion above what the president requested for the budget; $1.75 billion for highway infrastructure programs, which is $1.5 billion below the enacted level for 2019 and $1.45 billion above the president's budget.

Another $1 billion was apportioned for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, $3 billion for the Federal Railroad Administration, $13.5 billion for the Federal Transit Administration and $1.1 billion for the Maritime Administration, among additional funding for housing and urban development.

“This year’s transportation and housing funding bill makes significant new investments in infrastructure, prioritizes safety and protects vulnerable populations—a stark contrast to the Trump administration’s draconian budget proposal,” said House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Chairman David Price.

“The legislation not only provides much needed funding for roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports, and aviation, it robustly funds affordable housing programs and lays the groundwork to incorporate resiliency principles into community development planning, so we can build smarter and stronger. It allocates new resources for aviation safety, highway accident prevention, and research into emerging technologies that are transforming our transportation system.”

   

Tagged categories: Funding; Government; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management

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