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Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Funding Bill
Legislation invests in critical infrastructure and safety programs to improve travel and commerce, and funds low-income housing programs

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Washington, May 24, 2016 -

The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill. 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 $58.2 billion in discretionary spending – an increase of $889 million above fiscal year 2016. When accounting for various program shifts within the President’s budget request for these funds, the legislation represents a reduction of $4.9 billion below the request. Critical land, sea, and air transportation infrastructure investments are prioritized to improve commerce, efficiency, safety, reliability, and quality of life for the traveling public. The legislation also provides needed resources to continue housing for low-income and vulnerable individuals and families.

“This bill invests in critical national infrastructure to help move our people and products as safely and efficiently as possible. It prioritizes important programs and projects, making the best use of every transportation dollar,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “In addition, it funds housing programs at a responsible level, keeping a roof over the heads of individuals and families who need help the most.”

“This bill provides for our nation's transportation and housing needs, while making tough choices to protect hard-earned taxpayer dollars. It recognizes the need to house the most vulnerable and get critical infrastructure back on track. Most importantly, it will ensure the safety of our infrastructure and improve the quality of our public housing programs,” Subcommittee Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart said.

The following amendment to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:

Rep. Diaz-Balart – The manager’s amendment makes technical and noncontroversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

The bill was approved by the Committee on a voice vote.

For a summary of the bill, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394537

For the text of the bill, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-114hr-sc-ap-fy2017-transhud-subcommitteedraft.pdf

For the text of the report, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-114-hr-fy2017-thud.pdf

 

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