PRICE OFFERS MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE, DISASTER RELIEF AMENDMENT AT T-HUD MARKUP
Washington -- At tonight's full committee markup of the FY18 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations bill, Ranking Member David E. Price (NC-04) will offer an amendment to invest $200 billion in rebuilding our nation's crumbling transportation and housing infrastructure, including $5 billion of urgent disaster relief funding for North Carolina and other states impacted by Hurricane Matthew and other recent and future storms.
The amendment would provide desperately-needed funding for highways, bridges, railroads, aviation safety, and affordable housing and community development.
A full summary of the amendment is attached.
"If there is one area that should garner broad bipartisan support it would be an infrastructure package that would tangibly improve the lives of each of our constituents," said Ranking Member Price. "As it stands, the T-HUD bill is not up to the task of building the infrastructure our country needs and deserves. Adopting my amendment would be a good start to restoring and repairing the infrastructure that we all depend on.
"My amendment also includes disaster funding for roads, transit and community development, so that when a community experiences a natural disaster, funding is available immediately to address critical infrastructure needs. My home state of North Carolina and several other states continue to slowly recover from Hurricane Matthew and other recent disasters. This funding would accelerate the ongoing rebuilding effort and provide prospective funding for future disasters."
"When this year began, I was optimistic that the Administration and Congress would work together in a bipartisan way to invest in our nation's infrastructure to create jobs and improve communities," said Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the full Appropriations Committee. "The majority's negligence in failing to pursue this critical priority is extremely disappointing. I am pleased this amendment would invest meaningfully in our nation's roads and bridges, mass transit, and housing infrastructure, which would benefit both our national economy and local communities."