Committee releases fiscal year 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has released the draft fiscal year 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies funding bill. The legislation funds the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other related agencies, including the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.

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 includes $75.8 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $4.7 billion over the 2019 enacted level and $17.3 billion over the President’s 2020 budget request.

The bill includes $40 million for the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, $4 million above the 2019 enacted level and $12 million above the President’s budget request.

“This year’s transportation and housing funding bill makes significant new investments in infrastructure, prioritizes safety and protects vulnerable populations—a stark contrast to the Trump administration’s draconian budget proposal,” said House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Chairman David Price. “The legislation not only provides much needed funding for roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports and aviation, it robustly funds affordable housing programs and lays the groundwork to incorporate resiliency principles into community development planning, so we can build smarter and stronger. It allocates new resources for aviation safety, highway accident prevention, and research into emerging technologies that are transforming our transportation system.”

“This bill represents a forward-looking vision to making transportation and housing safer, improving and modernizing our infrastructure, expanding access to affordable housing and strengthening communities, protecting the most vulnerable and enhancing America’s resilience to climate change,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey. “With this bill, we are laying the foundations for sustained economic growth and expanded opportunity, so that every person has a better chance at a better life.”

The text of the bill is here. The subcommittee markup will be webcast live and linked here.

Andrea Lee