On June 5, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the FY 2015
Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations bill by
a 29-1 vote. The lone vote against the bill came from Sen. Mike Johanns
(R-Neb.). The T-HUD Subcommittee approved the bill, which includes $54.4
billion in discretionary FY 2015 funding for T-HUD programs, earlier in the
week by voice vote.
For the U.S. Department of Transportation, the bill provides a total of
$18.1 billion in discretionary budget authority and $53.6 billion in obligation
limitations, for a total of $71.7 billion in FY 2015. This level of funding
represents a $536 million increase from FY 2014 enacted levels and $17.8
billion less than what was requested in the President’s budget. The House
Appropriations Committee approved its T-HUD spending bill (H.R. 4745) on May
21, providing $17.1 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of
Transportation in FY 2015.
TIGER Grants: The bill includes $550 million for the
Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recover (TIGER) grant program,
which is $50 million less than the FY 2014 enacted level and $700 million less
than was requested in the President’s budget, but $450 million more than what
was provided in the House T-HUD bill for FY 2015.
Highway funding: The bill includes $40.3 billion for
the federal-aid highways program, which is equal to the level of funding
authorized and enacted for FY 2014. This is amount is consistent with the House
T-HUD funding level but $7 billion less than what was requested in the
Transit funding: The bill includes a total of $11.1
billion for transit programs, an increase of $310 million above the FY 2014
enacted level and $600 million more than was included in the House T-HUD bill
but $6.6 billion below the amount requested in the President’s budget. The
amount provided for transit programs includes $8.6 billion for formula grants,
which is consistent with the House T-HUD funding level and equal to the amount
enacted for FY 2014. In addition to the funding for formula grants, the bill
provides $2.163 billion for transit capital investment grants, an increase of
$221 million from FY 2014 and substantially more than the $1.691 billion
provided in the House bill. However, the amount still falls short of the $2.5
billion recommended for projects by the Administration.
Air Transportation: The bill provides increased
funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which includes a total
of $261 million for the Essential Air Service (EAS) program, an amount that is
consistent with the President’s budget request and $6 million more than was
provided in the House T-HUD bill.
Crude Oil Shipment Safety: The bill includes a major
new initiative targeted at improving the safe transport of crude oil, including
funding for emergency responder training for communities on or near rail lines
that transport a significant amount of high-risk energy products or toxic inhalation
Expands Use of Cost-Benefit Analysis: The bill
includes language that encourages the Federal Highway Administration to
encourage state departments of transportation to use cost-benefit analysis when
selecting highway projects.
Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) Highlights
The bill includes $36 billion for HUD programs, $3.2 billion more than
FY 2014, despite the unanticipated shortfall in funding resulting from a
decrease in Federal Housing Administration mortgage receipts.
CDBG and HOME:
The bill contains $3.02 billion for the Community Development Block Grant
(CDBG) program. This is a slight $10 million cut from the current $3.03 billion
funding level for FY 2014 but $20 million above the House bill. The Senate bill
includes $950 million for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), the
same amount requested by the President’s budget. This amount is $50
million below the FY 2014 enacted level and $250 million above the House bill.
The Senate bill includes $19.6 billion for Section 8 housing vouchers, an
increase of $385 million over FY 2014 and $300 million above the House bill.
Both the House and Senate appropriations bills contain $75 million to support
10,000 new HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing, housing vouchers for
homeless veterans. Section 8 project-based rent subsidies would be funded at
$9.7 billion, level requested by the President’s budget but $200 million below
the FY 2014 appropriations level. The House bill provides $9.35 billion.
Homeless housing assistance grants would be funded at $2.15 billion under the
Senate bill, $261 million below the President’s budget but $40 million above
the FY 2014 enacted level. The House
bill contains $2.1 billion. The Senate bill provides $90 million for the Choice
Neighborhoods program to demolish and replace public and other assisted
housing. This amount is equal to the FY 2014 level but $30 million below the
President’s budget. The House bill includes $25 million.
Contact: DOT- Jessica Monahan at firstname.lastname@example.org 202.942.4217; HUD- Daria Daniel at email@example.com or 202.942.4212