August 2, 2013
The proposed spending bills for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development failed to pass in the Senate and the House this week before lawmakers take a recess , according to our sister site, Better Roads.
The Senate rejected its $55 billion version of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill on Thursday with a vote of 54-43. The bill needed 60 votes to pass.
Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) was the only Republican to vote for the bill, also known as the THUD bill. Republicans who voted against the measure said it exceeded spending levels set by the Budget Control Act of 2011.
The Senate’s vote against its version of the bill comes one day after the House pulled its version from consideration, pointing to a lack of time as the reason.
The proposed $44.1 billion spending bill in the House was $9.9 below the Senate’s proposed spending levels. It would have provided $15.3 in discretionary spending for transportation projects.
The Senate had already passed one amendment to its version of the THUD bill, while the House was scheduled to start working on amendments to its version this week.
Despite its failure to pass before recess, the House version of the bill still has another chance to be considered in about a month. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he thinks the House measure will pass when Congress returns from recess in September.
“I believe votes would have been there for the THUD bill, but we had some 50 amendments yet to consider on that bill, and considering everything else we’ve got on this week, [we] decided that finishing that bill in September was the right thing to do,” Boehner said.