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.
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
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).
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
- 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
T-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee has not yet released a bill or scheduled a
Contact: Transportation: Jessica Monahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or
202.942.4217; Housing: Daria Daniel, email@example.com at or 202.942.4212