H.R. 5850 Amendments: Amendments to H.R. 5850 - Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2011

H.R. 5850

Amendments to H.R. 5850 - Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2011

Date
July 29, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

H.R. 5850 is scheduled to be considered on Thursday, July 29, 2010, under a structured rule (H. Res. 1569), which provides for one hour of general debate on the bill and makes up to 24 amendments in order.  The following is a summary of the amendments made in order under the rule, each of which is debatable for ten minutes.  For more information on the underlying bill, please see the complete Legislative Digest.

Amendments

1) Rep. Boehner (R-OH):  Eliminates Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants for doctoral dissertation research on housing and urban development issues by prohibiting funding for the program.  The amendment would reduce the overall level of funding in the bill by $300,000 to correspond with the spending limitation.

2) Rep. Boehner (R-OH):  Reduces $40 million in funding provided to HUD for the “Transformation Initiative” to provide technical assistance and capacity building.

3) Rep. Boehner (R-OH):  Reduces funding for HUD’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation by $35 million, bringing the total level of funding for the program to $250 million—equal to the president’s request and $17 million above FY 2010.

4) Rep. Boehner (R-OH):  Reduces funding for the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs by $1.6 million, reducing the account from $11.9 million to 10.3 million.

5) Cardoza (D-CA)/Costa (D-CA)/Kaptur (D-OH)/Matsui (D-CA)/Thompson, Mike (D-CA)/Woolsey (D-CA)/Eshoo (D-CA)/McNerney (D-CA):  Prohibits funds from being used from HUD’s Management and Administration account for travel expenses of the Secretary of HUD.  The legislation would also reduce funding for HUD’s non-personnel expenses by $21 million, reducing the account from $264 million to $243 million.

6) Rep. Arcuri (D-NY):  Reduces funding for HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research by $2.9 million.  The amendment would reduce the account from $23.5 million to 20.6 million, which is 2.5 percent less than FY 2010.

7) Rep. Perlmutter (D-CO):  Reduces funding for the Highway Traffic Safety Grants for Safety Belt Performance grant program by $50 million.  According to the sponsor, the amendment strikes incentive grants given to states to enact laws to make it a primary traffic violation for occupants to not use a seat belt.

8) Rep. Latham (R-IA):  Reduces the overall spending level of the bill by $1.8 billion by reducing certain accounts that were above the president’s request.  The amendment would reduce funding as follows. 

  • $400 million form DOT’s National Infrastructure Investment.
  • $400 million from DOT’s Capital Assistance for Highspeed Rail Corridors.
  • $24.1 million from DOT’s Administrative Expenses for safety oversight activities.
  • $177 million from the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grants.
  • $455 million from HUD’s Public Housing Capital Fund.
  • $120 million from HUD’s Native American Housing Block Grants.
  • $17.5 million from HUD’s Brownfields Redevelopment program.
  • $175 million from HUD’s Community Planning and Development account for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program.
  • $35 million from HUD’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation.

9) Rep. DeFazio (D-OR):  Prohibits funds from being used by DOT to transfer federal highway formula funding for the livable communities program (Sec. 124 of H.R. 5850) unless the program is authorized by Congress after the enactment of the underlying bill.

10) Rep. Culberson (R-TX):  Reduces the bill’s funding level by $12.4 billion, or 18 percent.  This would bring the total appropriations back to the FY 2009 level.

11) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX):  Increases funding for HUD’s Community Development Grant program by $10 million and reduces funding for the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Program by a corresponding amount.  According to the sponsor of the amendment, additional funding would be requested for the HBCU Community Development Grant Program.

12) Rep. Graves (R-MO):  Prohibits funds from the bill from being used by the DOT or FAA to require a sponsor of a public general aviation airport to terminate existing residential through-the-fence agreements, or otherwise withhold funds from a sponsor of a general aviation airport, solely because the sponsor enters into a residential through-the-fence agreement.  

According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), through-the-fence agreements are “instances when the owner of a public airport permits access to the public landing area by independent operators offering an aeronautical activity or by aircraft based on land adjacent to, but not a part of, the airport property.”

13) Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI):  Increases funding for HUD’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization by $100,000 and funding for the Minority Business Research Center's outreach activities by $225,000.  To offset the increases, the amendment would reduce funding for the DOT’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs by $250,000 and the Office of Public Affairs by $100,000.  According to the sponsor’s office, the funds will be used to “to help ensure that the small and disadvantaged business policies and goals of the Department are developed and implemented.”

14) Rep. Neugebauer (R-TX):  Reduces the overall amount of appropriations in the bill by $10.52 billion.  According to the sponsor’s office, the amount is equal to the amount unobligated funds for transportation and housing related programs from the Democrats’ “stimulus” bill.  Agencies receiving funding from the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development appropriation received an additional $61.7 billion in emergency spending last year from the “stimulus.”

15) Rep. Braley (D-IA):  Reduces funding for HUD’s non-personnel administrative expenses by $20 million and increases funding for HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Fund by a corresponding amount.  The amendment would reduce HUD non-personnel expenses from $264 million to $246 million and increase CDBG funding from $4.35 billion to $4.37 billion.  According to the sponsor’s office, “the purpose of the CDBG funding increase is to provide CDBG disaster relief and recovery funds to assist communities in the Midwest affected by the flooding that occurred during July of 2010.”

16) Rep. Turner (R-OH):  Prohibits funds from being used to implement or administer a prohibition or restriction on the establishment of an occupancy preference for veterans in supporting housing for the elderly that provided by HUD and is located on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

17) Rep. Kirkpatrick (D-AZ):  Reduces the overall level of appropriated funding in the bill by 5 percent or $3.37 billion, bringing the total cost of the bill down to $64.03 billion.

18) Rep. Jordan (R-OH):  Reduces the overall level of appropriated funding in the bill by $18.57 billion, bringing the total cost of the bill back to FY 2008 levels ($48.8 billion).

19) Rep. Peters (D-MI)/Adler (D-NJ)/Himes (D-CT)/Welch (D-VT):  Reduces funding in the bill by approximately $1.42 billion be reducing a number of programs funded above the president’s request as follows:

  • $400 million from DOT’s National Infrastructure Investment. 
  • $75 million from the DOT’s Railroad Safety Technology Programs. 
  • $400 million from DOT’s Capital Assistance for High Speed Rail
  • $75 million from HUD’s Tenant-Based Section 8 Rental Assistance.
  • $50 million from HUD’s Public Housing Capital Fund.
  • $200 million from HUD’s Revitalization of Severely Distreesed Public House program (HOPE VI).
  • $10 million from HUD’s Community Development Loan Guarantee Program.
  • $17.5 million from HUD’s Brownfields Redevelopment program.
  • $175 million from HUD’s Community Planning and Development account for the HOME Investment Partnerships Program.
  • $22 million from HUD’s Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program.

20) Rep. Bachman (R-MN):  Eliminates funding for Capital and Debt Service Grants to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) for capital investments, reducing the cost of the bill by $1.2 billion.  Amtrak is a program that has repeatedly failed to be competitive and continues to need federal subsidies to cover operating losses and capital costs.  According to the National Railroad Corporation, Amtrak lost nearly $500 million in 2009.  In addition, the so-called “stimulus” bill contained $1.3 billion for Amtrak.  According to the Congressional Research Service, “It [Amtrak] runs a deficit each year, and requires federal assistance to cover operating losses and capital investment. Without a yearly federal grant to cover operating losses, Amtrak would not survive as presently configured.”

 

Part B:  Under the rule, up to four of the following 12 amendments submitted by Rep. Flake (R-AZ) may be made in order.

1) Rep. Flake (R-AZ):  Prohibits $1 million from being made available for the Golden Gate National Parks-Park Access, transit and trails in California, and reduces the overall cost of the bill by a corresponding amount.

2) Rep. Flake (R-AZ):  Prohibits $1 million from being made available for the Blackstone River Bikeway in Rhode Island, and reduces the overall cost of the bill by a corresponding amount.

3) Rep. Flake (R-AZ):  Prohibits $250,000 from being made available for the Boulder Bikes to Business Project in Boulder, Colorado, and reduces the overall cost of the bill by a corresponding amount.

4) Rep. Flake (R-AZ):  Prohibits $1 million from being made available for the downtown Tacoma streetscapes improvement project in Washington, and reduces the overall cost of the bill by a corresponding amount.

5) Rep. Flake (R-AZ):  Prohibits $750,000 from being made available for the Walk Winthrop and the Harbor Walk in Massachusetts, and reduces the overall cost of the bill by a corresponding amount.

6) Rep. Flake (R-AZ):  Prohibits $500,000 from being made available for the streetscaping of Fayetteville Street Corridor project in the City of Durham, North Carolina, and reduces the overall cost of the bill by a corresponding amount.

7) Rep. Flake (R-AZ):  Prohibits $350,000 from being made available for the planning and design of a library for City of Mount Rainier, Maryland, and reduces the overall cost of the bill by a corresponding amount.

8) Rep. Flake (R-AZ):  Prohibits $250,000 from being made available for the acquisition of land for expansion of a park in the City of Winter Park, Florida, and reduces the overall cost of the bill by a corresponding amount.

9) Rep. Flake (R-AZ):  Prohibits $500,000 from being made available for the restoration and rehabilitation of the original Thayer Library in the Town of Braintree, Massachusetts, and reduces the overall cost of the bill by a corresponding amount.

10) Rep. Flake (R-AZ):  Prohibits $1 million from being made available for the restoration and improvements to the historical Darwin Martin House Home and complex in New York, and reduces the overall cost of the bill by a corresponding amount.

11) Rep. Flake (R-AZ):  Prohibits $150,000 from being made available for the construction of a children’s playground in the Municipality of Yauco, Puerto Rico, and reduces the overall cost of the bill by a corresponding amount.

12) Rep. Flake (R-AZ):  Prohibits $650,000 from being made available for the Hays-Travis Trail System in Texas, and reduces the overall cost of the bill by a corresponding amount.