House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies holds FY14 mark up, significantly cutting discretionary spending >>

June 20th, 2013

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies holds FY14 mark up, significantly cutting discretionary spending

Yesterday the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies marked up the FY14 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Bill. Subcommittee Chairman Tom Latham (R-IA) led the mark-up, and no amendments were offered. The next step is for the full House Appropriations Committee to act on the bill, which is tentatively scheduled for June 27th. If that does not happen, further action will not take place until sometime after the July 4th congressional recess.

The legislation includes funding for the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related agencies. In total, the bill provides $44.1 billion in discretionary spending – a reduction of $7.7 billion below the FY13 enacted level and $13.9 billion below the President’s budget request. This level is approximately $4.4 billion below the level caused by automatic sequestration cuts for these programs. The bill dictates appropriations funding for many important infrastructure programs, including the transportation directive MAP-21, funding for air traffic control and air safety, and Community Development Block Grants for housing initiatives.

This bill has been called a striking example of what’s become a genuinely historic rollback of domestic discretionary spending. Sequestration brought the first across-the-board budget cuts in March, narrowing appropriations down to $984 billion. The second round of cuts this winter could take discretionary spending down to $967 billion. House Republicans are also proposing to shift about $54 billion from domestic programs to defense-related spending.

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