The House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2021 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) bill on a vote of 30 to 22.
The THUD bill would provide the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) with $18.9 billion in FY21 and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) would be provided $3 billion of which more than two-thirds would be dedicated to Amtrak appropriations.
The FY21 THUD bill is consistent with the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act and includes budgetary resources for surface transportation programs totaling $78.7 billion. The INVEST in America Act, a five-year surface transportation proposal, passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate.
The FY21 THUD appropriations proposal includes $75 billion in emergency funding relief to support the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by investing in our nation’s transportation and housing infrastructure. Of the $75 billion, approximately $21 billion would apply toward rail and transit. On July 14, a coalition of transit agencies joined to rally support for between $32-$36 billion in additional emergency aid.
To find out more and what is included in the bill, check out the original article here.
The full House is expected to take the FY21 THUD bill under consideration late next week.