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Posted on: May 24, 2019

House Makes Progress on Infrastructure

On Thursday, in Washington, the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies approved by voice vote its fiscal year 2020 bill. In total, the legislation provides $137.1 billion in budgetary resources, an increase of $6 billion above the 2019 enacted level and $17.3 billion above the President’s budget request. The bill next heads to the full Committee for markup.

 Specifically, the bill provides a total of $86.6 billion in total budgetary resources for the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) - $167 million above the 2019 enacted level and $3.7 billion above the President’s budget request. Of this amount, the bill includes:

•    $1 billion for National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER/BUILD), $100 million above the 2019 enacted level and equal to the President’s budget request.

•    $10 million to start a new Highly Automated Systems Safety Center of Excellence. This program was not in the 2019 enacted bill or the President’s budget request.

•    $17.7 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), $267 million above the 2019 enacted level and $614 above the President’s budget request.

•    $48.9 billion for the Federal Highway Administration, $404 million below the 2019 enacted level and $1.7 billion above the President’s budget request.

•    $677 million for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, $10 million above the 2019 enacted level and $1 million above the President’s budget request.

•    $1 billion for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, $44 million above the 2019 enacted level and $81 million above the President’s budget request.

•    $3 billion for the Federal Railroad Administration, $96 million above the 2019 enacted level and $877 million above the President’s budget request.

•    350 million for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements, $95 million above the 2019 enacted level and $20 million above the President’s budget request.

•    $350 million for Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair, $50 million below the 2019 enacted level. The President’s budget request proposed eliminating this program.

•    $2 billion for Amtrak, $50 million above the 2019 enacted level and $1.1 billion above the President’s budget request.

•    $700 million for Northeast Corridor Grants, $50 million above the 2019 enacted level and $375 million above the President’s budget request.

•    $1.3 billion for National Network Grants, equal to the 2019 enacted level and $681 million above the President’s budget request.

•    $13.5 billion for the Federal Transit Administration, $60 million above the 2019 enacted level and $1.1 billion above the President’s budget request.

Once approved by the full Appropriations Committee, the bill would advance for a House Floor vote. We will keep you posted on further actions, if any, on this crucial infrastructure initiative.

 Contact: Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst, jmoran@njlm.org, 609-695-3481 x121.


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