House Appropriation Committee approves $44.1 billion DOT, HUD budget

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The full House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved a $44.1 billion Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill on a vote of 28-20.

The House committee’s bill is $9.9 billion below the Senate Appropriation Committee’s bill.

Prior to approving the budget, the House Appropriations Committee adopted several amendments to the bill.

Among the amendments affecting transportation funding are a change that “rescinds any unobligated funding for MagLev rail projects, and adds the funds to rail crossing safety and planning programs,” one that “prohibits funding for the Surface Transportation Board to take any action with respect to the construction of a California High Speed Rail project unless the Board has jurisdiction over and reviews the project in its entirety” and an amendment that “makes technical and non-controversial changes to the bill and report. “

More information about the House’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill is available at