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Granger and Diaz-Balart on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Bill

Washington, June 4, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today, the Full Committee met to consider the fiscal year 2020 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. The bill makes significant headway in improving the safety and quality of life of the public, but due to controversial provisions and the overall funding level, Committee Republicans were unable to support the bill.

Top Appropriations Committee Republican Kay Granger (R-TX) said, “While many initiatives in this bill will improve and grow our communities, it hamstrings the Department of Transportation from common-sense rulemaking, and it was drafted at a funding level that does not have broad consensus needed to be signed into law. I want to work with my colleagues as the bill moves through the process to address these concerns.”

Subcommittee Ranking Member Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) added, “Subcommittee Chairman Price did a remarkable job going program-by-program and line-by-line to craft a bill that addresses so many of our national priorities. But we all know that the major hurdle that stands in the way of progress on this bill is a top-level budget agreement between the House and the Senate that can be signed by the President. We are lucky to have our leadership team of Chairwoman Lowey and Ranking Member Granger who will be key to an eventual agreement.”

Backing their commitment to conservative polices, Committee Republicans offered amendments to:
  • Prevent burdensome trucking regulations for the already overly-regulated industry and
  • Allow the Department of Transportation to recover and reallocate funds initially provided for the failed California High Speed Rail project.

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