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Appropriations Committee Releases the Fiscal Year 2013 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Funding Bill


Washington, Jun 6 -

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2013 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The legislation includes funding for the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related agencies. In total, the bill provides $51.6 billion in discretionary spending – a reduction of $3.9 billion below last year’s level and $1.9 billion below the President’s budget request.

“Making smart investments in the nation’s transportation infrastructure is one of the best ways to help provide an environment for American businesses to create jobs and economic growth. This bill targets taxpayer dollars where they can be best used to improve the reliability, safety, and efficiency of our transportation systems, while also holding the line on spending to help reduce the nation’s growing deficits,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.

“This bill also funds important housing programs at responsible levels for Americans that need them, while scrubbing the HUD budget to find and eliminate excess, wasteful, or unnecessary spending,” Rogers continued. 

Subcommittee Chairman Tom Latham added, “This legislation continues my goal and dedicated work of ending the budgeting gimmicks and accounting tricks that have plagued Washington in recent years. I’m proud that we meet our nation’s transportation and housing needs while remaining fiscally responsible and accountable to hardworking American taxpayers. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress as we move this bill through the legislative process.” 

Bill Highlights:

Transportation – The bill includes $17.6 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Transportation for fiscal year 2013. This is $69 million below last year’s level and $2 billion below the President’s request.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – The legislation includes a total of $33.6 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a decrease of $3.8 billion below last year’s level. The bill does not contain funding for any new unauthorized “sustainable,” “livable,” or “green” community development programs.

For the subcommittee draft text of the legislation, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-112HR-SC-AP-FY13-THUD.pdf

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