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Appropriations Committee Releases the Fiscal Year 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Funding Bill

Legislation cuts spending, prioritizes funding on important infrastructure investments


Washington, Jun 18 -

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2014 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 $44.1 billion in discretionary spending – a reduction of $7.7 billion below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and $13.9 billion below the President’s budget request. This level is approximately $4.4 billion below the level caused by automatic sequestration cuts for these programs.

“This bill is an example of the current budgetary trade-offs facing our nation – the need to make deep cuts to meet our fiscal constraints and address the deficit, while maintaining funding for important government programs and services. This legislation reflects this dual goal, making the best use of limited tax dollars by focusing investments on transportation infrastructure critical to our economy and maintaining housing options for our most vulnerable citizens, while reducing or eliminating funding for lower-priority programs,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.

Subcommittee Chairman Tom Latham added, “This appropriations process has continued to show that we can act in a bipartisan fashion to fund our most vital programs with the need to reduce the deficit in mind and limited resources at our disposal. Although the nation is operating under tight budget constraints, we still have produced a sound bill that meets our highest transportation and housing priorities in a fiscally responsible way. I look forward to working with my colleagues to move this legislation forward in an open legislative process.”  

Bill Highlights:

The bill targets and prioritizes funding for critical transportation projects and programs that are essential to the nation’s economic growth, efficient commerce, and the quality of life of American families, and for programs that support the housing needs of our most vulnerable citizens. The legislation balances these needs with reductions in lower-priority programs or unnecessary spending, including cuts to various programs within the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Transportation. 

Transportation – The bill includes $15.3 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Transportation for fiscal year 2014. This is $2.6 billion (-15%) below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and $7.4 billion below the President’s request.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – The legislation includes a total of $28.5 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a decrease of $5 billion (-15%) below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and $3 billion below the level caused by sequestration. The bill does not contain funding for any new, unauthorized “sustainable,” “livable,” or “green” community development programs.

Community Planning and Development – The bill contains $4.8 billion for Community Planning and Development programs – a cut of $1.9 billion below last year’s level and $1.6 billion below the level caused by sequestration. The Community Development Block Grant formula program is funded at $1.6 billion – a decrease of $1.3 billion below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level.

For the subcommittee draft text of the legislation, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-113HR-SC-AP-FY2014-TransHUD-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf 

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