June 9, 2014
The House is considering an appropriations bill for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development (THUD), which approves $52 billion for the two departments through September 2015.
The House Appropriations Committee approved the bill last month, moving it to the full House for markup.
One of the biggest watch items during this markup has been Amtrak funding. During the bill’s markup on Monday, Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) offered two proposals to amend the bill and slash Amtrak funding. Broun said the cuts would urge the rail service to improve its customer service and management.
The first cut Broun suggested would have removed the $340 million allocated for Amtrak in the THUD bill, and his second proposal would have cut the company’s funding by 10 percent, or $34 million, The Hill reports.
The House voted against both proposals.
Other programs, including TIGER grants as well as bike and pedestrian projects, saw major cuts during the Appropriations Committee markup.
The bill’s markup is expected to continue into Tuesday, according to a report from Politico.
Meanwhile, the Senate’s version of the bill is still awaiting markup from the full Senate. To see a copy of the full text from the Senate Appropriations Committee, which the committee released late Friday night, click here.