Rep Cmte Appropriations

Appropriations Committee Releases 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

Washington, May 17 -

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2017 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 $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.

Bill Highlights:

Department of Transportation (DOT) – The bill includes $19.2 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Transportation for fiscal year 2017. This is $540 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $4.0 billion below the President’s request.  In total budgetary resources, the bill provides $76.9 billion to improve and maintain our nation’s transportation infrastructure.

The bill targets funding to programs and projects that will increase efficiency, safety, reliability, and quality of life for the traveling public, and that will help improve commerce and economic growth.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – The legislation includes a total of $38.7 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, an increase of $384 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $953 million below the request.

Community Planning and Development – The bill contains $6.9 billion for Community Planning and Development programs – $231 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level.

Community Development Block Grants are funded at $3 billion – the same as the fiscal year 2016 level. The HOME Investment Partnerships Program is funded at $950 million – the same as the current year. Grants for Homeless Assistance are funded at $2.5 billion, an increase of $237 million over current level – which will not only renew high-performing housing programs, but further the goal of ending homelessness.

Legislative Provisions – The legislation includes a number of legislative reforms:

For the subcommittee draft text of the legislation, please visit: /UploadedFiles/BILLS-114HR-SC-AP-FY2017-TransHUD-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf