House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill

Posted on: June 21st, 2013 by kshoop

On June 19, the U.S. House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. The bill includes funding for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The bill provides $44.1 billion in discretionary spending, which is $7.7 billion below FY2013 enacted level and $13.9 billion below the President’s 2014 budget request. This level is $4.4 billion below the level caused by the automatic sequestration cuts. Next week, the bill heads to the full House Appropriations Committee for consideration.

Highlights of the bill:

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

The bill includes $15.3 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Transportation for FY2014. This is $2.6 billion or 15% below the FY2013 enacted level and $7.4 billion below the President’s 2014 request.

·       Highways – the bill provides $41 billion from the Highway Trust Fund to be spent on the Federal Highway program, which is the level authorized by MAP-21. This is an increase of $557 million from FY2013.

·       Transit – the legislation contains $2 billion for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), which is $329.7 million below the FY2013 enacted level. The bill also allows $8.6 billion in state and local transit grant funding from the Mass Transit Account (of the Highway Trust Fund), consistent with MAP-21, to help local communities build, maintain, and ensure the safety of their mass transit systems. The legislation provides $1.82 billion for Capital Investment Grants for “New Starts”, which include funding for state and local Small Starts projects and funding for major transit capital investments, including rapid rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, and commuter rail, that are planned and operated by local communities.

·       Essential Air Service – the appropriations bill includes $100 million for the Essential Air Service program, which is $35 million below the FY2013 enacted level and $46 million below the President’s FY2014 budget request.

Click here to view NADO’s complete DOT funding chart.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

The legislation includes a total of $28.5 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a decrease of $5 billion or 15% below the FY2013 enacted level and $3 billion below the level caused by the sequestration.

·       Community Planning and Development – includes $4.8 billion for Community Planning and Development programs, which is $1.9 billion below last year’s level and $1.6 billion below the level caused by sequestration. The Community Development Block Grant formula program is funded at $1.6 billion, which is a cut of $1.3 billion below the FY2013 enacted level. Additionally, the bill does not include $75 million in funding for the Integrated Planning and Investment Strategy (IPI) Grant program that was requested in the President’s FY2014 budget request.

Click here to view NADO’s complete HUD funding chart. Click here (http://appropriations NULL.house NULL.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-113hr-sc-ap-fy2014-transhud-subcommitteedraft NULL.pdf) to view the draft text of the legislation. The Senate Appropriations Committee plans to take up its version of the legislation next week.  

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