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McCollum Statement on Appropriations Committee Passing FY 2020 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Funding Bill

June 4, 2019
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today joined House Appropriations Democrats in voting to approve the FY 2020 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development funding bill, which provides $137.1 billion in budgetary resources, an increase of $6 billion from the 2019 level, to invest in America’s infrastructure  by improving transportation safety, protecting vulnerable populations, building resilience to climate change, and expanding access to safe, affordable, and fair housing.

The bill includes provisions important to Minnesotans and the American people:

  • Climate change: The bill lays the framework to fully integrate climate resiliency into base programs at the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including by requiring all HUD grantees to develop a resiliency plan as part of the consolidated planning process and providing $1 million for a Transportation Research Board study to develop a resiliency metric for infrastructure projects. The bill also prohibits the rollback of CAFE fuel standards.
  • Housing: The bill includes $855 million for Native American programs and robust increases in funding for HUD Housing for the Elderly, Housing for the Disabled, Homeless Assistance Grants, and other programs.
  • Homeless Veterans: The bill contains $40 million for HUD/VA Supportive Housing for Homeless Veterans, equal to the 2019 enacted level. The President’s budget request proposed eliminating this program.
  • Infrastructure: The bill contains increased funding to fix, revitalize, and improve the safety of our nation’s roads, bridges, and transportation systems. Specifically, the bill provides:
    • $13.5 billion for the Federal Transit Administration to improve public transportation;
    • $48.9 billion for the Federal Highway Administration for improvements to our highways, roads, and bridges;
    • $3 billion for the Federal Railroad Administration;
      • Including $2 billion for Amtrak -- $50 million more than last year and $1.1 billion more than the president requested. The bill also rejects the president’s proposal to shift Amtrak resources away from the National Network to the Northeast Corridor. The Amtrak Empire Builder, connecting St. Paul to Chicago, depends on these funds.
    • $17.7 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure the safety and oversight of air travel

“This Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development funding bill makes important infrastructure investments and improvements to our highways, railways, and public transportation systems to ensure Americans can get where they need to be safely and safeguard against the current and future impacts of climate change,” Rep. McCollum said. “The bill also funds programs to support vulnerable communities impacted by the affordable housing crisis, including Native Americans and our veterans. Access to safe, affordable, and fair housing is something that all Americans need and deserve, and this bill moves us closer to making that a reality for everyone.”

A summary of the bill is here. The text of the bill is here. The bill report is here.

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