House clears $52 billion transportation, HUD appropriations bill

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House clears $52 billion transportation, HUD appropriations bill

WASHINGTON–On June 10, the House passed HR 4745, the fiscal 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) spending bill by a vote of 229-192. The bill would keep basic highway and housing funding relatively flat, and trim funding for some White House priorities.

The bill provides $52 billion in discretionary spending for the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments, which is $1.2 billion, or 2.4 percent, higher than fiscal 2014 and $7.8 billion below the president’s budget request. It provides $650 million for the Native American Housing Block Grants and an additional $3 million for training and technical assistance. The bill also continues funding for the Indian Housing Loan Guarantee Fund Program at $8 million.

The bill passed with the “unexpended balance” language intact. If enacted, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would withhold Indian Housing Block Grant allocations authorized under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act from recipients whose undispersed block grant total is greater than three times its yearly award under the formula allocation.

The bill gutted the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants from $600 million to $100 million.

On June 5, the Senate Committee on Appropriations advanced S 2438, the fiscal 2015 appropriations bill for transportation and housing programs, which provides $54.4 billion in spending and does not include the “unexpended balance” language contained in the House approved bill.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said she is pushing for floor action on the Senate’s bipartisan THUD appropriations bill next week.

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