Senate, House Appropriations Committees approve DOT, HUD budgets

EQW Staff

June 28, 2013

Both Senate and House Appropriations Committees yesterday approved budgets for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $54 billion budget by a vote of 22-8, according to our sister site, Better Roads.

Another report from Better Roads notes that the House Appropriations Committee approved a $44.1 billion budget by a vote of 28-20.

The Senate bill calls for $550 million for grants for major transportation projects, $110 million for projects in rural communities, $40.3 billion for the Federal-aid Highway program, $500 million for bridge projects, $1.75 billion for rail infrastructure ($1.45 would be allocated to Amtrak), $1.943 billion for the transit “New Starts” program, $3.35 billion for capital investments at airports, $962 million for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NextGen program, $848 million for vehicle and driver safety programs, $225 million for pipeline and hazardous safety programs, $1.2 billion for FAA’s aviation safety activities and at least $5 million for the Federal Transit Administration’s transit safety office, as well as funding for HUD agencies and programs.

The House bill proposes $828 million in both mandatory and discretionary funding for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), $572 million for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, nearly $41 billion from the Highway Trust Fund for the Federal Highway program, $11.8 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), $1.16 billion for the Federal Railroad Administration, $184.5 million for rail safety funding, nearly $2 billion for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), $8.6 billion in state and local transit grant funding from the Mass Transit Account, $1.82 billion for Capital Investment Grants and $326 million for the Maritime Administration. It also calls for $28.5 billion for HUD.

The House and Senate bills reflect a difference of $9.9 billion.

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