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Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Funding Bill

Legislation targets funding to essential infrastructure that will help keep the nation moving, and community improvement and housing programs


Washington, Jul 10 -

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2018 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 $56.5 billion in discretionary spending – $1.1 billion below fiscal year 2017 and $8.6 billion above the request. This funding is targeted to essential investments in transportation infrastructure investments, as well as fundamental community development and housing programs. 

“Now more than ever, it is critical to our economy and to our quality of life to have safe and well-functioning transportation infrastructure. This bill makes investments in essential highway, air, rail, and maritime programs that will keep our people and our goods moving efficiently,” Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said. “In addition, it includes responsible funding to ensure communities across the nation have access to necessary community development funds, and to provide housing to those who need it the most – including the poor, elderly, and disabled.”

“I am pleased to introduce this critical legislation that will keep our housing and transportation programs efficient, while making the most of taxpayer dollars. The bill provides for infrastructure improvement and safety, as well as essential housing programs that are serving needy populations. I look forward to working with Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Price to keep Americans moving and to provide for vulnerable communities across our country,” Subcommittee Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart said.

Bill Highlights:

Department of Transportation (DOT) – The bill includes $17.8 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Transportation for fiscal year 2018. This is $646 million below the fiscal year 2017 enacted level and $1.5 billion above the President’s request. In total budgetary resources, including offsetting collections, the bill provides $76.7 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 net discretionary total of $38.3 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a decrease of $487 million below the fiscal year 2017 enacted level and $6.9 billion above the request.

Community Planning and Development – The bill contains $6.6 billion for Community Planning and Development programs – $209 million below the fiscal year 2017 enacted level.

Community Development Block Grants are funded at $2.9 billion, $100 million below fiscal year 2017 level. The HOME Investment Partnerships Program is funded at $850 million, $100 million below the current year.

Grants for Homeless Assistance are funded at $2.4 billion, which is equal to the level provided in fiscal year 2017.

For the subcommittee draft text of the legislation, please visit: http://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP20/20170711/106228/BILLS-115HR-SC-AP-FY2018-TransHUD-TransportationHoushingandUrbanDevelopment.pdf

 

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