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
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
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.
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.
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