Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Spending Bill

Posted on: June 28th, 2013 by NADO Admin

On June 27, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations bill. The bill totals $54.0 billion in federal spending for next year, $2.3 billion more than the FY2013 enacted level and $10 billion above the House FY2014 T-HUD spending measure. The bill now moves to the Senate floor for consideration.

Highlights of the Bill:

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
• Federal-Aid Highway Program – $40.3 billion for FY2014 and level with the President’s request. (level with the House request)

• Transit Programs – $1.943 billion for the transit “New Starts” program for FY2014 and level with the President’s request. ($166 million above the House request)

• TIGER Grants – $550 million for FY2014. The bill requires the Secretary to allocate no less than 20 percent of the funding or $110 million for projects in rural communities. (House bill does not fund the program)

• FAA Rural Air Service Program – $146 million for FY2014 and level with the President’s request. ($46 million above the House request)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
• CDBG Program – $3.15 billion for FY2014 and $350 million above the President’s request. ($1.5 billion above the House request)

• Integrated Planning and Investment Grants (IPI), formerly Sustainable Communities Initiative – $75 million for FY2014 and level with the President’s request. The funding included in the bill will provide grants for integrated housing and transportation planning efforts on both the regional and local level. (House bill does not fund the program)

• Homeless Assistance grants – $2.26 billion for FY2014 and slightly lower than the President’s request. ($29 million above the House request)

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