House and Senate Appropriators Approve Different T-HUD Funding Levels

On June 27, 1023, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee adopted the FY14 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) and related agencies spending bill by a vote of 19-5, to fund the U.S. Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD). For transportation and housing, the Senate bill provides $54 billion and is $4 billion below President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2014 request, but $2.3 billion higher than the fiscal 2013 pre-sequester enacted levels.

The full House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee also passed the FY14 T-HUD bill which proposes to fund the U.S. DOT and U.S. HUD at $44.1 billion in discretionary spending – a reduction of $7.7 billion below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and $13.9 billion below the President’s budget request. This level is approximately $4.4 billion below the level caused by automatic sequestration cuts for these programs.

The Senate’s version preserves several Democratic priorities, which the House version cuts. Among Senate T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Murray’s top priorities is a new $500 million program to help replace deficient bridges across the country, which would be determined by the transportation law authorized last year (P.L. 112-141). Similarly, Senate appropriators would fund the TIGER grant program, which the House bill zeroes out.  Amtrak also fares better in the Senate bill, which provides $1.75 billion for all rail programs, $1.45 billion of that would be for Amtrak. Finally, the Federal Transit Administration’s “New Starts” program would get $1.943 billion and the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen air traffic control modernization program would get $962 million, the same amount authorized under the House version.

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