Senate THUD Bill

Last Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a $60.1 billion FY2018 spending bill that provides $3.6 billion more than the House Appropriations version. The Senate total includes $550 million for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. The Senate measure would provide $19.5 billion in discretionary funding for USDOT, $3.3 billion more than the president’s budget request and $978 million above current levels. It also provides the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with $40.2 billion, a 3.7 percent increase from FY2017, including $3 billion for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The $60.1 billion draft bill would also provide $2.1 billion for the New Starts program and includes a provision to increase the $4.50 cap that airports can charge per person for facilities, according to airport groups.

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