Price’s Transportation-Housing and Urban Development FY2021 Funding Bill Passes House Floor, Trump Threatens Veto

July 31, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (July 31, 2020) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7617, a package of appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2021 which included the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) funding bill authored by Chairman David Price. The T-HUD funding bill provides $158.3 billion in budgetary resources, investing in America’s infrastructure, improving transportation safety, protecting vulnerable populations, and expanding access to safe, affordable and fair housing.  It also includes $75 billion in emergency spending for transportation and housing infrastructure needs related to the pandemic and economic recovery. 

President Trump threatened to veto the spending package over a number of provisions, including Congressman Price’s amendment to require masks on planes, trains, and busses.

“This year’s ‘T-HUD’ appropriations bill represents a renewed commitment to confront our affordable housing crisis and modernize our aging transportation infrastructure,” said Congressman Price, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee.  “Throughout the bill we focus on improved safety, the needs of underserved people and communities, and resiliency in the face of a changing climate.”

“After receiving the worst-ever economic report yesterday, it’s clear this funding is even more critical as we seek to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, we don’t have a partner in the White House. President Trump’s flagrant disregard for basic public health measures is bad enough but threatening to derail federal funding for major transportation and housing programs due to a common-sense provision to require masks on planes, trains, and buses is baffling. ‘Infrastructure Week’ has become a punchline for this president, but it shouldn’t. This funding is necessary for our future prosperity, especially as we hope to transition from pandemic to recovery.”

The bill text can be found here. A fact sheet can be found here.