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June 21
House T-HUD FY14 Spending Bill Cuts CDBG by $1.4 Billion

On June 19, the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee passed their $44.1 billion FY2014 spending bill, which features deep cuts to housing, community development and certain transit programs. The overall funding level is $7.7 billion, or 15 percent, less than the FY2013 enacted level and $4.4 billion, or nine percent, less than the current post-sequestration level. The full committee is expected to mark up the T-HUD appropriations bill on June 27.

Specific funding levels in the measure are as follows:

Transportation

The measure would fully fund the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) highway and transit programs, would provide money to avoid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) furloughs, would keep funds flowing to contract air traffic control towers and includes a provision that would ban federal funding of California’s high-speed rail project. On the other hand, the bill would eliminate the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program and would include significant cuts to Amtrak and aviation infrastructure.

Specifically, the bill would provide $41 billion for Federal Aid Highway funding, $8.6 billion for the Transit Formula Program, $1.82 billion for Transit New Starts, $200 million for Essential Air Service and $3.35 billion for the Airport Improvement Program.

Housing and Urban Development

The measure would include $1.6 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, $1.4 billion less than the current FY2013 level of $3.07 billion. Funding for the HOME Investment Partnerships program would be $700 million, which is a $250 million cut from the FY2013 level of $950 million. Both programs would be funded at the lowest levels since their creation. Click here to view NACo’s Legislative Update on CDBG, which urges contact with House members before full committee consideration of the bill.

 

The bill would also include $17 billion for Section 8 housing vouchers renewals, $75 million for HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers, and $9 billion for project based rental assistance.  It would also provide $2.1 billion for homeless assistance grants, $35 million for HUD’s housing counseling program and $500 million for Section 108 loan guarantees.


Contact: Daria Daniel ddaniel@naco.org 202.942.4212​

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