H.R. 4745, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015

H.R. 4745

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015

Sponsor
Rep. Tom Latham

Committee
Appropriations

Date
June 9, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, June 9, 2014, the House will begin consideration of H.R. 4745, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015, under a rule.  H.R. 4745 was introduced on May 27, 2014 by Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA), Chairman, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.  The bill was marked up and reported out of the House Appropriations Committee, as amended, on May 21, 2014, by a vote of 28-21.[1]

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[1] http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=380760

Bill Summary

H.R. 4745 funds the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and other related agencies.  This legislation provides $52 billion in discretionary funding, $1.2 billion above fiscal year 2014, and $7.8 billion below the President’s budget request.  “However, given the reduction in offsets caused by a decline in Federal Housing Administration receipts, the program level within the bill is more accurately $1.8 billion below the current level.”[1]

The major provisions of the bill are as follows:

Title I – Department of Transportation:

The Committee recommends a total of $17.1 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Transportation, which is $727.3 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level, and $5.8 billion below the President’s request.  Funding for the Department of Transportation includes the following agencies and programs:

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – The Committee recommends $15.7 billion in funding for the FAA, which is $7.3 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $446 million above the request.  Included in the FAA appropriation is funding that will be used to hire 1,700 new air traffic controllers in fiscal year 2015 “to offset controller attrition and future retirements.”[2]  The Committee’s recommendation will fully fund “all air traffic control personnel, including 14,800 air traffic controllers, 7,300 safety inspectors, and operational support personnel.” [3]  The Committee recommendation also includes $140 million for the contract tower program, and $852.4 million for the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation Systems (NextGen).  In addition, this legislation rejects the Administration’s request to impose general aviation fees, and new passenger facility charges.
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) – The Committee recommends a total program level of $41 billion for the activities of the FHWA in fiscal year 2015.  Specifically, this legislation provides $40.25 billion from the Highway Trust Fund to be spent on the Federal Highway Program, which is the same level as Fiscal Year 2014, and $7.6 billion below the request.  This funding is contingent upon reauthorization.[4]
  • National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) – The Committee recommends a total of $1.4 billion in funding for the FRA.  Of the amount, $340 million is for grants to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) to allow Amtrak to continue operations on all current routes.  This legislation also includes $850 million in capital and debt service grants for Amtrak, $200 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $1.26 billion below the request.  The bill also continues policy reforms for Amtrak that are intended to ensure the best use of tax dollars, including limiting overtime for Amtrak employees and making changes to Amtrak food and beverage services.
  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Operations and Safety – FRA rail safety and research programs are funded at $220.5 million, which is approximately $1 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level.  Increases are to improve safety and transport of crude oil products.
  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA) – The Committee recommends $10.5 billion in funding for the FTA, $254 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $7.2 billion below the request.  The bill provides $8.6 billion in transit formula grants, identical to the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and consistent with 2014 and the final year of MAP-21 authorization legislation.  This legislation also provides $1.7 billion for Capital Investment Grants (New Starts), complete funding for all current “Future Funding Grant Agreement” transit projects, and full funding for all state and local “Small Starts” projects beginning in fiscal year 2015.  Funding is contingent upon the enactment of new transportation authorization legislation.
  • Maritime Administration (MARAD) – The bill provides $305 million for MARAD, which is $72 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $62 million below the request.
  • Safety – The Committee recommends $824 million in mandatory and discretionary funding for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is $5 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $27 million below the request.  The bill also provides $572 million for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is $13 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $96.5 million below the request.  Finally, the bill provides $205.2 million for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), an increase of $19.4 million over the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $21 million below the request.
  • National Infrastructure Investment Grants – This legislation funds National Infrastructure Grants (also known as TIGER Grants) at $100 million, which is $500 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $1.15 billion below the request.  This legislation limits the use of TIGER grants to projects that “will address critical transportation needs, such as road, highway, and bridge construction and improvement, and port and railroad intermodal improvements. The legislation does not allow these funds to be used for non-essential purposes, such as street-scaping, or bike and pedestrian paths.”[5]

Title II and Title III – Department of Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies:

The Committee recommends a total of $40.3 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which is $767 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level, and $2 billion below the President’s request.  Funding for HUD includes:

  • Section 8 and Public Housing – The bill includes $26.3 billion for Public and Indian Housing, an increase of $6.2 million from the fiscal year 2014 enacted level, and $1.2 billion below the request.  Veterans’ housing vouchers are also fully funded at $75 million.
  • Community Planning and Development –The bill contains $6.2 billion for Community Planning and Development Programs, which is a reduction of $383 million from the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $373 million less than the request.   Included in this funding is $3 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) formula program, which $30 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level, and $200 million above the request.  Also included is $700 million in funding for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, $300 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $250 million below the request.  Homeless Assistance Grants are funded at $2.1 billion, the same as the fiscal year 2014 enacted level, and $301 million below the request.  Funding at the fiscal year 2014 enacted level will allow all current grants that are successfully serving the mission to be continued.
  • Other Housing Programs – Other housing programs in this legislation are funded at $10.4 billion, which is $113.6 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $58 million below the request.  This funding will continue assistance to all those currently served by these housing programs.  Moreover, this legislation provides $420 million in Housing for the Elderly, an increase of $36.5 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level; and $135 million for Housing for Persons with Disabilities, an increase of $9 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level.

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[1] Id.
[2] See House Report 113-464, p. 15.
[3] http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=379006
[4] Note: “Programs included within the federal-aid highways program are financed from the Highway Trust Fund.  The federal-aid highways program is funded by contract authority, and liquidating cash appropriations are subsequently provided to fund outlays resulting from obligations incurred under contract authority…because the structure of the federal-aid highways program for fiscal year 2015 is unknown at this time due to lack of authorizing legislation, the Committee includes no detailed summaries of particular programs.”  See House Report 113-464, p. 31.
[5] http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=379006

Cost

Based on CBO scoring, the bill provides $52 billion in discretionary budget authority.

Amendments

1)         Rep. Blackburn (R-TN) Amendment #1 – At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC. ll. Each amount made available by this Act is hereby reduced by 1 percent.

2)         Rep. Poe (R-TX) Amendment #2 – Page 52, strike lines 13 through 21.  This amendment strikes Section 165 of the bill, which prevents any of the funding in this Act from being used for light or heavy rail projects for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas if the proposed projected is constructed or planned to be constructed on Richmond Avenue west of South Shepherd Drive or on Post Oak Boulevard north of Richmond Avenue in Houston, Texas.

3)         Rep. Walberg (R-MI) Amendment #3Page 10, strike lines 12 through 14.  This amendment strikes Section 102 of the bill, which allows the Secretary of Transportation or a designee to engage in activities with States and State legislators to consider proposals related to the reduction of motorcycle fatalities.

4)         Rep. Waters (D-CA) Amendment #4At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC. 4.  None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to require the relocation, or to carry out any required relocation, of any asset management positions of the Office of Multifamily Housing of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in existence as of the date of the enactment of this Act.

5)         Rep. Royce (R-CA) Amendment #5At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC. —. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used for the Housing Trust Fund established under section 1338 of the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 (12 U.S.C. 4568).

6)         Rep. Castor (D-FL) Amendment #6Page 70, line 16, after the first dollar amount, insert “(reduced by $3,500,000).”  Page 70, line 23, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $3,500,00).”  Page 71, line 5, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $3,500,000).”  This amendment reduces funding for Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships by $3.5 million dollars and redirects it to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Field Policy and Management.

7)         Rep. Grayson (D-FL) Amendment #7Page 112, line 17, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $150,000).”  This amendment increases by $150,000 the funding available for the Secretary of HUD to create and promote translated materials that support the assistance of persons with limited English proficiency in utilizing the services of HUD.

8)         Rep. Grayson (D-FL) Amendment #8At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC. —. None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to make bonus awards to contractors for work on projects that are behind schedule or over budget.

9)         Rep. Grayson (D-FL) Amendment #9At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC. —. None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to enter into a contract with any offeror or any of its principals if the offeror certifies, as required by the Federal Acquisition Regulation, that the offeror or any of its principals—

(1)  within a three-year peiod preceding this offer has been convicted of or had a civil judgment rendered against it for: commission of fraud or a criminal offense in connection with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a public (Federal, State, or local) contract or subcontract; violation of Federal or State antitrust statutues relating to the submission of offers; or commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, making false statements, tax evasion, violating Federal criminal tax laws, or receiving stolen property; or
(2)  are presently indicted for, or otherwise criminally of civilly charged by a governmental entity with, commission of any of the offenses enumerated in paragraph (1); or
(3)  within a three-year period preceding this offer, has been notified of any delinquent Federal taxes in an amount that exceeds $3,000 for which the liability remains unsatisfied.

10)      Rep. Grayson (D-FL) Amendment #10At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC. —. None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to authorize, approve, implement, or assist in any ways a toll on any segment of Interstate 4 in the State of Florida.

11)      Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX) Amendment #11Page 52, strike lines 13-21.  This amendment strikes Section 165 of the bill, which prevents any of the funding in this Act from being used for light or heavy rail projects for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas if the proposed projected is constructed or planned to be constructed on Richmond Avenue west of South Shepherd Drive or on Post Oak Boulevard north of Richmond Avenue in Houston, Texas.

12)      Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX) Amendment #12Page 36, line 9, after the dollar amount, insert “(reduced by $1,000,000).”  Page 36, line 12, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $1,000,000).”  This amendment would reduce the funding available for the motor carrier safety assistance program and redirect it toward border enforcement grants.

13)      Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX) Amendment #13Page 70, line 23, after the dollar amount, insert “(reduced by $4,000,000).”  Page 71, line 12, after the dollar amount, insert “(reduced by $4,000,000)”.  Page 73, line 7, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $2,000,000).”  Page 80, line 10, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $2,000,000).”  Page 80, line 21, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $2,000,000).”  This amendment would reduce funding for the Chief Information Officer of HUD by $2 million and redirect it toward administrative and other expenses of public housing agencies in administering the section 8 tenant-based rental assistance program.

14)      Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX) Amendment #14Page 70, line 23, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $1,000,000).”  Page 71, line 5, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $1,000,000).”  Page 114, line 7, after the dollar amount, insert “(reduced by $1,000,000).”  Page 114, line 8, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $2,000,000).”  Page 80, line 21, after the dollar amount, insert “(reduced by $1,000,000).”  This amendment would increase funding for the Office of Field Policy and Management by $1 million by redirecting funds away from the HUD Information Technology Fund.  This amendment would also increase the amount of funds available until September 30, 2016 by $2 million and reduce general funding for public housing by $1 million.

15)      Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX) Amendment #15Page 70, line 23, after the dollar amount, insert “(reduced by $4,000,000).”  Page 71, line 12, after the dollar amount, insert “(reduced by $4,000,000)”.  Page 73, line 7, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $2,000,000)”.  Page 82, line 13, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $2,000,000)”.  This amendment would reduce funding for the Office of the Chief Information Officer of HUD by $4 million, and redirect $2 million toward tenant-based rental assistance for Public and Indian Housing.  The amendment would also redirect $2 million toward incremental rental voucher assistance for use through a supported housing program administered in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs as authorized in the United States Housing Act of 1937.

16)      Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX) Amendment #16Page 70, line 23, after the dollar amount, insert “(reduced by $2,000,000).”  Page 71, line 12, after the dollar amount, insert “(reduced by $2,000,000).”  Page 80, line 13, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $1,000,000).”  This amendment reduces funding for the Office of the Chief Information Officer of HUD by $2 million and increases the amount available to the Secretary to allocate public housing agencies that need additional funds to administer section 8 programs by $1 million.

17)      Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX) Amendment #17Page 72, line 17, after the dollar amount, insert “(reduced by $1,000,000).”  Page 73, line 7, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $1,000,000).”  Page 82, line 13, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $1,000,000).”  This amendment reduces the amount of funding available for salaries and expenses of the Office of Policy Development and Research by $1 million and redirects it toward tenant-based rental assistance for Public and Indian Housing.

18)      Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX) Amendment #18Page 85, line 3, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $500,000).”  Page 86, line 13, after the dollar amount, insert “(increased by $500,000).”  Page 114, line 7, after the dollar amount, insert “(reduced by $500,000)”.  Page 114, line 8, after the dollar amount, insert “(reduced by $500,000).”  This amendment increases funding for the Jobs-Plus Pilot initiative by $500,000, and reduces funding for HUD Information Technology Fund by $500,000.

19)      Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX) Amendment #19Page 106, line 5, after the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(increased by $2,000,000).’’ Page 140, line 25, after the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(reduced by $2,000,000).’’  This amendment increases funding for Housing Counseling Assistance by $2 million and reduces funding for the Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General by $2 million.

20)      Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX) Amendment #20Page 111, line 3, after the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(increased by $1,000,000).’’ Page 140, line 25, after the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(reduced by $1,000,000).’’  This amendment would increase funding for HUD Policy and Development research by $1 million and reduce funding for the Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General by $1 million.

21)      Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX) Amendment #21 Page 113, line 6, after the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(increased by $2,000,000).’’ Page 140, line 25, after the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(reduced by $2,000,000).’’  This amendment would increase funding for the Lead Hazard Reduction Program by $2 million and decrease funding for the Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General by $2 million.

22)      Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX) Amendment #22At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC. ll. None of the funds made available by this Act under the heading ‘‘Federal Transit Administration—Transit Formula Grants’’ may be used in contravention of section 5309 of title 49, United States Code.

23)      Rep. Cassidy (R-LA) Amendment #23 At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC. ll. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to promulgate or enforce rules, orders, or consent agreements or to fund approved projects under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program unless the Department of Transportation implements the recommendations provided in the preliminary report of the Government Accountability Office number GAO–14–628R TIGER Grants.

24)      Rep. Conyers (D-MI) Amendment #24 Page 99, line 11, after the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(increased by $2,000,000).’’  This amendment increases the funding made available for the national homeless data analysis project by $2 million.

25)      Rep. Grayson (D-FL) Amendment #25 At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC. ll. None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to authorize, approve, implement, or assist in any way a toll on existing free lanes on any segment of Interstate 4 in the State of Florida.

26)      Rep. Grayson (D-FL) Amendment #26 At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC. ll. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to provide a per-passenger subsidy in excess of $250 under the Essential Air Service program.

27)      Rep. Gohmert (R-TX) Amendment #27 Page 85, line 3, after the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(reduced by $7,100,000).’’ Page 87, line 24, after the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(reduced by $17,600,000).’’ Page 156, line 16, after the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(increased by $24,700,000).’’  The amendment reduces funding for the Public Housing Capital Fund Program by $7.1 million and the Public Housing Operating Fund by $17.6 million.  The amendment redirects this funding to the spending reduction account.

28)      Rep. Gingrey (R-GA) Amendment #28 At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC. ll. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to provide mortgage insurance under title II of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) for any mortgage on a 1- to 4-family dwelling to be used as the principal residence of a mortgagor who provides only an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) for identification.

29)      Rep. Gingrey (R-GA) Amendment #29At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC. ll. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to pay a Federal employee for any period of time during which such employee is using official time under section 7131 of title 5, United States Code.

30)      Rep. Lee (D-CA) Amendment #30Page 112, line 8, after the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(increased by $10,000,000).’’ Page 114, line 7, after the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(reduced by $10,000,000).’’ Page 114, line 8, after the dollar amount, insert ‘‘(reduced by $10,000,000).’’  The amendment increases funding for contracts and grants for fair housing activities by $10 million and reduces funding available for the Information Technology Fund by $10 million.

31)      Rep. Lowenthal (D-CA) Amendment #31Page 156, after line 10, insert the following: SEC. ll. Unobligated funds made available to a State in fiscal year 2010 for the Interstate Maintenance Discretionary program under section 118(c) of title 23, United States Code, as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Public Law 112–141), may be made available, at that State’s request, to the State for any project eligible under section 133(b) of such title.

32)      Rep. Bass (D-CA) Amendment #32At the end of the bill before the short title, insert the following: SEC. ll. None of the funds made available in this Act may be used by the Secretary of the Federal Transit Administration to implement, administer, or enforce section 18.36(c)(2) of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, for construction hiring purposes.

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