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May 09
​House Subcommittee Approves FY 2015 Transportation, HUD Appropriations Bill

On May 7, the House Appropriations Committee’s Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Subcommittee approved the FY 2015 T-HUD spending bill by voice vote. The bill would provide $52 billion in discretionary spending for transportation and housing programs, which is a $1.2 billion increase over FY 2014 funding levels, but $7.8 billion below the Obama Administration’s FY 2015 budget request.  House Appropriations T-HUD Subcommittee Chair Tom Latham (R-Iowa) expects the full committee mark-up to occur the week of May 19.

Funding levels under the bill for U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are as follows:

DOT: The bill would include $17.1 billion in discretionary funding for DOT for FY 2015. This is $727.3 million below the FY 2014 enacted level and $5.8 billion below the President’s request.

The bill would fund highway and transit programs authorized for funding through the Highway Trust Fund at levels consistent with MAP-21’s FY 2014 funding levels. Since MAP-21 expires at the end of FY 2014, appropriators are not able to work off of authorized levels for FY 2015. Therefore, the Highway Trust Fund funding in the House bill is contingent on the enactment of a new surface transportation authorization bill.

The transportation programs funded outside of the Highway Trust Fund, including the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program and the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grants, would experience major cuts under the House bill. The TIGER program, for example, would receive $100 million, compared to the $600 million appropriated for the program in FY 2014 and the $1.25 billion requested through the President’s Budget and the Administration’s Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities Throughout America (GROW AMERICA) Act. However, the $100 million included in the bill is actually quite significant since the House has traditionally zeroed-out the program in its T-HUD bills. For Capital Investments Grants, the bill would provide $1.7 billion, compared to the $2.5 billion requested in the President’s Budget for new and existing projects. The amount provided in the House bill would only support current New Start Full Funding Grant Agreements and Small Starts projects for FY 2015, leaving all recommended “new” New Starts and Core Capacity projects unfunded, including the Maryland National Capital Purple Line Project and Columbia River Crossing Project.

(HUD): The bill would include $40.3 billion for housing programs, which is $769 million below FY 2014 levels and $2 billion below the Obama Administration’s FY 2015 budget request.  Chairman Latham stated that this decrease is partly due to lower than expected Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage receipts ($4.3 billion), when compared to the estimate from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 

Funding levels for HUD  programs of importance to counties are as follows:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG): The bill would include $3.0 billion for CDBG, which is equal to FY 2014 levels. The bill would also provide $500 million for the CDBG Section 108 loan guarantee program and would direct HUD to develop a fee-based system so that the program incurs no additional costs for providing loans.
  • HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME): would be funded at $700 million, a $300 million cut from the current FY 2014 level of $1 billion.
  • Section 8 tenant-based voucher renewals: The bill would include $17.7 billion for voucher renewals, but would not restore the remaining 30,000 of 70,000 housing vouchers cut in FY 2013 due to sequestration; the FY 2014 omnibus bill restored 40,000 of these vouchers.
  • HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program: The bill would include $75 million for the program to support 10,000 housing units for homeless veterans, similar to FY 2014 funding levels.
  • Homeless assistance grants: would be funded at $2.1 billion, the same level as FY 2014, but $300 million below the Administration’s FY 2015 budget request.
  • Obama Administration’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative: would be funded at $25 million, which is $65 million below current funding levels and well below the $120 million FY 2015 President’s Budget request. 

The Senate T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee has not yet released a bill or scheduled a mark-up. 

Contact:  Transportation: Jessica Monahan at jmonahan@naco.org  or 202.942.4217; Housing: Daria Daniel, ddaniel@naco.org  at or 202.942.4212

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