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Summary of FY2018 Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill - Committee mark

July 17, 2017
Press Release

The Transportation-HUD bill breaks repeated promises from the Administration and the majority to invest in our nation’s infrastructure.  Slashing Capital Investment grants, TIGER grants, HOME Investment Partnerships, and Community Development Block Grants will eliminate jobs and hurt communities around the country.  We should be investing more - not less - in job creation and community development.

 

2018 mark:                  $56.512 billion

2018 budget request:  $47.928 billion

2017 enacted level:    $57.651 billion

*CBO also estimates a $65.5 million increase in revenue from FHA and GNMA receipts.

 

Transportation

 

  • $1.7 billion for Capital Investment Grants used to build or expand subway, light rail, and commuter rail transit systems, which is $659 million less than the FY2017 enacted level.
  • $1.42 billion for Amtrak, which is $67 million less than the FY2017 enacted level and $575 million more than the President’s request.
  • The Committee mark would completely eliminate funding for National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER) grants program, which received $500 million in the FY2017 Omnibus.
  • $13.2 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration, which is $153 million more than the FY2017 enacted level and $434 million above the President’s request.
  • $150 million for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which is equal to the enacted level and $285 thousand above the President’s request.
  • $926.7 million for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is $15 million more than the FY2017 enacted level and $27.5 million above the President’s request.
  • The mark includes $100 million for Highly Autonomous Vehicles research and development.

 

Housing and Urban Development

 

  • $1.85 billion for the Public Housing Capital Fund, which is $91.5 million below the FY2017 enacted level and $1.222 billion more than the President’s request.
  • $20 million for Choice Neighborhoods, which is $117.5 million less than the FY2017 enacted level and $20 million more than the President’s request.
  • $130 million for Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, which is $15 million less than the FY2017 enacted level and equal to the President’s request.
  • $850 million for HOME Investment Partnerships, which is $100 million less than the FY2017 enacted level and $850 million more than the President’s request.
  • $573 million for Housing for the Elderly, which is $70.6 million more than the FY2017 enacted level and $63 million more than the President’s request.
  • $2.96 billion for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which is $100 million below the FY2017 enacted level and $2.96 billion more than the President’s request.
  • $356 million for Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA), which is equal to the FY2017 enacted level and $26 million above the President’s request.
  • $2.383 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants, which is equal to the FY2017 enacted level and $133 million above the President’s request.

 

Policy Riders

The T-HUD bill includes two riders that prevent the Federal Railroad Administration from administering grant agreements for a high speed rail project in California.

 

The T-HUD bill includes provisions sought by the trucking industry, which will make our roads and interstate highways much less safe and reduce accountability for wrongdoing, including:

  • Raising truck weights in North Dakota to 129,000 pounds;
  • Suspending a key portion of a federal rule requiring a minimum period of rest for truckers working long hours;
  • Preempting state and local governments’ right to set meal and rest break regulations;
  • Preventing the Federal Motor Coach Safety Administration (FMCSA) from implementing a final rule regarding unsafe motor carriers.
     

T-HUD includes report language regarding hours of service issues for agricultural transporters and balancing driver fatigue with the welfare of livestock.

The T-HUD bill includes a rider that would limit the amount a mariner can recover from a ship owner that willfully or arbitrarily withholds wages.

The T-HUD bill includes a rider that would prohibit FHA from insuring properties with property assessed clean energy loans.

The T-HUD bill includes a rider that would prohibit HUD from directing a grantee to undertake a zoning law change as part of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule.

115th Congress