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FY 2020 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) appropriations in motion

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House and Senate FY 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bills are taking shape in their respective chambers The bills include $86.6 billion in total budgetary resources for DOT to fund federal programs advancing the nation’s transportation infrastructure and transit systems NACo developed a side-by-side comparison of the House and Senate bills, along with FY 2019 enacted levels

On September 19, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations unanimously approved its FY 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill, setting annual spending for the nation’s transportation infrastructure and transit systems. The $142.6 billion spending measure provides $86.6 billion in total budgetary resources for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), $167 million above FY 2019 enacted levels. DOT appropriations are dedicated to federal programs covering aviation, highways and highway safety, public transit, rail, maritime safety, pipelines and other related activities.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved its T-HUD appropriations bill on June 25 on a 227 to 194 vote. The House and Senate bills contain almost the same amount of gross discretionary appropriations for DOT at $25.5 billion; the House includes just $5 million more. Below is a side-by-side comparison of the House and Senate bills, along with FY 2019 enacted levels.

The T-HUD bill is one of twelve appropriations bills Congress must pass before FY 2019 ends on September 30, 2019 in order to avoid a government shutdown. To date, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations has passed nine appropriations bills.

With the September 30 deadline looming, Congress is likely to pass a stopgap funding measure to avert a government shutdown and allow Congress to allow further negotiations on spending. The House passed a continuing resolution on September 19 to extend current funding levels for all federal agencies through November 21, giving Congress an extra eight weeks to complete its work. The measure passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 301 to 123. Currently, there is no sign of serious trouble for the House-passed continuing resolution in the Senate, which plans to clear the measure later this week.

FY 2020 U.S. Department of Transportation Appropriations Analysis

  House Senate FY 2019
Total DOT Budgetary Resources $86.6 billion $86.6 billion $86.4 billion
DOT Discretionary Funding $25.5 billion $25.5 billion $26.7 billion
BUILD Grants $1 billion $1 billion $1 billion

Highways

Federal Highway Administration $1.75 billion $2.7 billion $3.25 billion
Highway Trust Fund $46.3 billion $46.3 billion $46 billion
Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Grants $0 $1.25 billion $475 million
Surface Transportation Block Grant Program $1.77 billion $1.25 billion $2.73 billion

Rail and Transit Funding

Federal Railroad Administration $3 billion $2.9 billion $2.87 billion
Federal Transit Administration $13.5 billion $13 billion $13.4 billion
Amtrak $2 billion $2 billion $1.94 billion
Restoration and Enhancement Grants $0 $2 million $5 million
Transit Formula Grants $10.1 billion $10.1 billion $9.9 billion
Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant Program $350 million $255 million $255 million
Capital Investment Grants $2.3 billion $2 billion $2.5 billion

Aviation and Airport Funding

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) $17.7 billion $17.7 billion $17.5 billion
Next Generation Air Transportation Systems (NextGen) $61.5 million 61.5 million $61.3 million
Essential Air Service (EAS) program $175 million $162 million $178 million
Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) $10 million $10 million $10 million
Airport Improvement Program (AIP) $3.85 billion $3.8 billion $3.85 billion
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Research $25 million $24 million $24 million
UAS Integration Activities $68.4 million $68.4 million $56 million

Transportation Safety Programs

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) $1 billion $972 million $1.3 billion
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) $281.5 million $278 million $165 million
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration $677 million $679 million $667 million

Maritime Infrastructure

Maritime Administration $1.1 billion $904 million $1.1 billion
Port Infrastructure Development Program $225 million $91.6 million $292.7 million

U.S. Department of Transportation FY 2020 Discretionary Appropriations

About Zach George (Full Bio)

Legislative Assistant

Zach George joined NACo in March 2016 and serves as a Legislative Assistant. He is responsible for writing and editing blog articles, conducting legislative research and providing legislative support for Environment, Energy and Land Use; Transportation; Telecommunications and Technology; and the Gulf Coast Counties and Parishes Coalition.

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