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Appropriations Committee Releases the Fiscal Year 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Bill

Legislation prioritizes funding on important infrastructure investments


Washington, May 6 -

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2015 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 reflects an allocation of $52 billion in discretionary spending – an increase of $1.2 billion above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and a decrease of $7.8 billion below the President’s budget request. However, given the reduction in offsets caused by a decline in Federal Housing Administration receipts, the program level within the bill is more accurately $1.8 billion below the current level. Within the legislation, funds are targeted toward transportation, infrastructure, and housing programs of national need and significance that have the biggest impact on Americans and communities across the country.

“This bill makes responsible choices to trim programs while targeting taxpayer dollars where they are needed most –critical transportation and housing programs that our communities, our economy, and our people rely on,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “While there is always more to do, this bill is a good step in the right direction, investing in these important programs to prepare our nation’s infrastructure for future economic growth, and to take care of our most vulnerable citizens.”

Subcommittee Chairman Tom Latham added, “My priorities in this process were to act in a bipartisan fashion to fund our most vital programs with our critical need to reduce the deficit. This is a sound, commonsense bill that meets our highest transportation and housing priorities in a fiscally responsible way. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to move this important legislation forward in an open legislative process.”  

Bill Highlights:

The bill meets the allocation of $52 billion in discretionary spending – an increase of $1.2 billion above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. However, given the reduction in offsets caused by a decline in Federal Housing Administration receipts, the program level within the bill is more accurately $1.8 billion below the current level.  The bill 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. While targeting funds for these efforts, the bill also reflects responsible choices to reduce spending in lower-priority areas and seeks to make the most out of every tax dollar.

Transportation – The bill includes $17.1 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Transportation for fiscal year 2015. This is $727.3 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $5.8 billion below the President’s request. Within this amount, funding is prioritized on programs and activities with national need or significance, and that will help bolster our nation’s transportation system to support economic growth.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – The legislation includes a total of $40.3 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a decrease of $769 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $2 billion below the request. The bill does not contain funding for any new, unauthorized “sustainable,” “livable,” or “green” community development programs.

Community Planning and Development – The bill contains $6.2 billion for Community Planning and Development programs – a reduction of $383 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. The Community Development Block Grant formula program is funded at $3 billion – effectively equal to last year’s level – while the HOME Investment Partnerships Program is funded at $700 million, a reduction of $300 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. Homeless assistance grants are funded at $2.1 billion – the same as the previous year’s level – which is sufficient for all current grants to be continued.

For the subcommittee draft text of the legislation, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-113HR-SC-AP-FY2015-TransHUD-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf

 

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