Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Fiscal Year 2021 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Funding Bill
WASHINGTON — The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies today approved by voice vote is fiscal year 2021 bill. For fiscal year 2021, the legislation provides $158.3 billion in base budgetary resources. In addition, the legislation provides $75 billion to support the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by investing in our nation’s transportation and housing infrastructure.
The bill next heads to the full Committee for markup.
“Our nation is facing an infrastructure crisis, with crumbling roads, aging transit and rail systems, lack of affordable and safe housing, and natural disasters increasing in severity and number, exacerbated by accelerating climate changes. Meanwhile, COVID-19 is ravaging communities, revealing and deepening existing disparities, while leaving state and local governments with fewer resources and more responsibility to respond in the absence of steady leadership from the executive branch,” said House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Chairman David Price. “The Fiscal Year 2021 ‘THUD’ funding bill seeks to confront these problems head on. It provides substantial new investments to help vulnerable populations, including seniors, the disabled, homeless families and youth, domestic violence survivors, and veterans. It will boost production of affordable housing and address urgent life and safety threats in public housing. And it continues to build on bipartisan progress in recent fiscal years to increase funding for all modes of transportation—highways, aviation, transit, bike and pedestrian projects, rail, and ports—while improving safety and focusing on resiliency across all programs. These priorities are underscored by a robust emergency title that provides $75 billion in additional assistance to states and local communities to address pressing infrastructure challenges. I’d like to thank Ranking Member Mario Diaz-Balart, whose partnership and cooperation have been and will continue to be essential as the appropriations process moves forward, as well as my colleagues on the ‘THUD’ subcommittee from both sides of the aisle. I look forward to working together to enact this legislation into law.”
“This bill represents a forward-looking vision to rebuild our nation and strengthen our communities. Together, we can modernize our transportation systems, expand access to safe, affordable housing, and support our most vulnerable neighbors. The emergency funding in this bill is pivotal to kickstart a strong and equitable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic collapse,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey. “With this bill, we are laying the foundations for sustained economic growth and expanded opportunity for every American in every corner of our nation.”
A summary of the bill is here. The text of the bill is here.