House Appropriations Subcommittee Passes THUD Funding Bill; Cuts to Rail, Transit, TIGER

On June 19, 2013, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development passed the Fiscal Year 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Funding bill by voice vote. This bill proposes to fund the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs 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.

While many of the core transportation programs are funded through the Highway Trust Fund (including metropolitan and statewide planning), there are several programs subject to the discretionary spending cuts mandated through the federal sequestration law. These include Amtrak Operations, Amtrak Capital, TIGER grants, FTA New Starts and the President’s high-speed rail requests, among others. Regarding those accounts, the proposed transportation cuts include (post-sequestration levels):

  • FTA New Starts – $1.817 billion (2.1% below)
  • Amtrak Operations –  $350 million (21% below)
  • Amtrak Capital – $600 million (34% below)
  • TIGER (National Infrastructure Investments) – zeroed out

The Committee proposes to fully fund highway and transportation safety programs authorized in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) (PL 112-141), including $557 million to fill the deficit between Highway Trust Fund receipts and authorized highway, rail and transit authorized spending levels. Funding for the Federal Transit Administration would be reduced by $329.7 million to $2 billion. The bill also allows state and local transit grants from the Highway Trust Fund’s mass transit account, as authorized by the surface transportation bill.

The full Committee is expected to consider the legislation on June 27, 2013.

Click HERE for a detailed summary by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.

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