Chairman Price’s T-HUD Funding Bill Passes House, Delivers for Americans
WASHINGTON, DC (December 17, 2019) – On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, Congressman David Price (D-NC), Chairman of the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, released a statement on passage of H.R. 1865, an appropriations package that includes the Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) bill. The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week and send it to the President’s desk for signature.
“The challenges facing Americans are great—the cost of housing is rising and infrastructure is crumbling, while wages and federal investments in our communities have failed to keep pace,” said Chairman Price. “As Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriation Subcommittee, I’m pleased that this legislation begins to reverse these trends and confront these challenges by setting funding priorities that meet our nation’s needs.
“The fiscal year 2020 transportation and housing funding bill is where the rubber meets the road: it invests in transportation and housing infrastructure, with an emphasis on bolstering safety, protecting vulnerable populations, and responding to the effects of climate change and the increasing frequency of natural disasters.
“As Chairman, I’ve worked to renew and refocus our commitment to affordable housing, with funding increases to Community Development Block Grants and HOME funds benefiting low-income families as well as grants to combat homelessness. The bill invests more than $3 billion above authorized levels for highway, transit, and aviation projects in every state and territory. Robust funding is also provided for Amtrak, intercity rail grants, and port infrastructure. And, in the face of unrelenting natural disasters, I’m leading the charge to ensure every community, from North Carolina to Puerto Rico, receives the disaster recovery funding Congress has duly appropriated.
“Overall, I’m proud of the work Ranking Member Mario Diaz-Balart and I accomplished together, in a bipartisan fashion, along with our subcommittee members, to deliver for the American people.”
Highlights from the T-HUD Appropriations bill (Division H of H.R. 1865):
The bill provides more than $15.5 billion in funding for new transportation and housing infrastructure projects in addition to $61 billion for infrastructure from dedicated fuel and aviation taxes.
- National Infrastructure Investments (TIGER or BUILD): $1 billion, $100 million above the FY 2019 enacted level. Ensures parity between urban and rural awards.
- FAA, Aviation Safety: $1.4 billion, $67 million above the FY 2019 enacted level and $76 million above the President’s budget request.
- Amtrak: $2 billion, $58 million above the FY 2019 enacted level and $1 billion above the request.
- Highway Funding: $2.2 billion, $1.15 billion for a risk‐based bridge repair program with every state eligible for funding and $781 million for Surface Transportation Block Grants with transit and alternative fuel corridor infrastructure eligible for the first time.
- Capital Investment Grants: $1.97 billion, $473 million above the President’s budget request, sufficient to fund all signed Full Funding Grant Agreements, start new projects, and continue work on projects in the development pipeline.
- Other Transportation Investments: $510 million for Transit Infrastructure Grants and $400 million for Airport Improvement Grants.
The bill protects vulnerable populations and rejects many of the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts.
- Tenant‐Based Section 8: $23.9 billion, sufficient for all renewals, $1.3 billion over the FY 2019 enacted level and $1.6 billion above the President’s request. This amount includes $40 million in new funding for the HUD/VASH program for homeless veterans and $25 million for Family Unification Vouchers.
- Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA): $410 million, $17 million over the FY 2019 enacted level and $80 million above the President’s budget request.
- Community Development Block Grants (CDBG): $3.4 billion, $100 million over the FY 2019 enacted level. The President’s budget request proposed eliminating the program.
- HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME): $1.35 billion, $100 million over the FY 2019 enacted level. The President’s budget request proposed eliminating the program.
- Homeless Assistance Grants: $2.78 billion, $141 million above the FY 2019 enacted level and $178 million above the President’s budget request, including $80 million for homeless youth and $50 million for survivors of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Accountability and Transparency:
- Prohibits the use of certain HUD funds until the Department issues the overdue Federal Register notice for Puerto Rico disaster mitigation funds.
- Prohibits the Administration from preventing Inspectors General access to records or documents needed to successfully conduct oversight and reviews.
- Provides $13 million above the 2019 enacted levels for the DOT, HUD, and Amtrak Inspectors General to ensure transparency and efficiency at the respective agencies.
Chairman Price’s floor speech in support of the bill can be found here.