H.R. 5972: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2013

H.R. 5972

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2013

Sponsor
Sen. Bernard Sanders

Date
June 26, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

On Tuesday, June 26, 2012, the House is scheduled to begin consideration of H.R. 5972, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act of 2013, under an open rule. The bill was introduced on June 20, by Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) and referred to the Committee on Appropriations. The bill is scheduled to be considered under an open rule (H.Res. 697) providing for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5972 would provide a total of $51.6 billion in non-emergency, discretionary budget authority for the agencies and programs funded through the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. Budget authority in the bill would be a reduction of $3.9 billion or 7 percent below last year’s spending level and $1.87 billion below the level requested by the President for FY 2013. H.R. 5972 would contribute to an overall level of discretionary budget authority of $1.028 trillion for FY 2013 as contained in H.Con.Res. 112, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013.

H.R. 5972 would provide $17.6 billion in discretionary budget authority for the Department of Transportation, which includes the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, and the Federal Transit Administration. The bill would set limitations on funding obligations from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) at $39.1 billion, the same as last year and $2.7 billion below the President’s request. The bill would also provide $33.58 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, including funds for Public and Indian Housing, Community Planning and Development programs, and the Federal Housing Administration, which is $3.8 billion below last year’s level.

 

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development FY 2013 Appropriated Budget Authority 
(In thousands of dollars)

 

FY 2012

President Request

H.R. 5972

Change from FY 2012

Change from Request

Change from FY 2012 %

Change from Request %

Total Discretionary Budget Authority

55,550,000

53,479,199

51,606,000

-3,944,000

-1,873,199

-7.1%

-3.5%

 

 

TITLE I—Department of Transportation

The bill would provide $17.6 billion in discretionary budget authority for the Department of Transportation (DOT), a reduction $1.9 billion below the President’s requested level. The bill would set obligation limitations on contract authority from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) at $39.1 billion, the same as last year and $2.7 billion below the President’s request. According to the Appropriations Committee, “The highway program still requires reauthorization, and the funding level provided in the bill may change upon the enactment of a highway authorization bill for the next fiscal year.”

Federal Highway Administration: Including limitations on funding from the HTF, the bill would provide $39.8 billion in total budgetary resources for the Federal Highway Administration, $1.6 billion below last year and $2.6 billion below the President’s requested level. The HTF was established in 1956 for the purpose of funding the construction of an interstate highway system. The account is administered by the Federal Highway Administration, within the Department of Transportation, and distributes gasoline tax revenues annually to states for highway projects.

FAA: H.R. 5972 would provide $12.6 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), an increase of $91 million above last year and $104 million below the President’s request. According to the Appropriations Committee, the bill provides nearly $1 billion for the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) allowing the FAA to move forward with the next step in modernizing the nation’s air control and airport system. The bill would also support operations and staffing, meant to help ease congestion and reduce delays for travelers in U.S. airspace.

Federal Railroad Administration: The bill would provide $2 billion for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), an increase of $383 million above last year and $716 million below the President’s requested level. According to the Appropriations Committee, $1.8 billion of this funding is targeted for Amtrak, primarily for capital improvements to the nation’s rail lines. Within the funds for Amtrak, the bill would include $500 million in grant funding to build and maintain rail bridges and tunnels in local communities, and rescinds funding for high-speed rail service.

Amtrak: Under the President’s surface transportation funding proposal, Amtrak would no longer receive appropriated funding for capital and operating grant accounts but would be a grantee for federal grants under the “System Preservation and Renewal” component of a new, $2.7 billion National Rail System program based on programs created in the failed “stimulus” bill. This legislation would continue to provide Amtrak funding through capital and operating grants and would appropriate $716 million less for total federal railroad operations than the President’s request. The bill would increase Amtrak’s operating grant funding by $384 million above last year “to reduce the state-of-good-repair infrastructure backlog.” As the Committee Report notes, “Amtrak runs a deficit each year and requires a federal subsidy to cover both operating losses and capital investments. The Committee commends Amtrak for taking steps to lower the needed Federal subsidy for operating losses. While not yet fully self-sufficient, Amtrak has taken steps that reduce the need for a Federal subsidy by over $100,000,000 in fiscal year 2012.” According to the Appropriations Committee, “the bill also includes policy reforms for Amtrak that have been enacted in previous years, such as requiring overtime limits on Amtrak employees to reduce unnecessary costs, and prohibiting federal funding for routes where Amtrak offers a discount of 50% or more off normal, peak fares.”

D.C. Metro: The bill would provide $150 million in appropriations for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to conduct capital improvements on their train system under legislation passed in the 110th Congress which authorized $1.5 billion in federal aid over ten years for local train improvements.

Maritime Administration: H.R. 5972 would provide $337 million for the Maritime Administration, a decrease of $7 million below last year’s level.

 

TITLE II—Department of Housing and Urban Development

H.R. 5972 would provide a total of $33.5 billion in funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including offsetting receipts. The bill would reduce appropriated funding by $3.8 billion or 10 percent compared to last year and increase HUD funding by $28 million relative to the President’s request. Funding would include $26.3 billion for Public and Indian Housing, an increase of $759 million above last year’s level and $250 million below the President’s request. The bill would also provide $9.3 billion for housing programs, a reduction of $361 million below last year’s level and $49 million below the request. Appropriations under this title would be partially offset by incoming receipts available from the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) mortgage insurance accounts, which CBO estimates will total $10.4 billion. FHA offsetting receipts would reduce the total amount of appropriated budget authority under Title II by $10.21 billion.

Management and Administration: The legislation would provide $1.3 billion for HUD management and administration, a reduction of $5 million below last year and $22 million below the President’s request.

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance: The bill would provide $19.1 billion for the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance program, an increase of $219 million over last year and $60 million above the President’s request. 

Native Hawaiian Loan Guarantees and Block Grants: The bill would provide no funding for Native Hawaiian Loan Guarantees and Block Grants and notes that the program is not authorized.

Community Planning and Development: H.R. 5972 would provide $7 billion for Community Development and Planning, an increase of $299 million over last year and $295 million above the President’s request.

Project-Based Rental Assistance: The bill would provide $8.7 billion for Project-Based Rental Assistance, a reduction of $639 million below last year’s levels and the same as the President’s request.

 

Title III—Independent Agencies

H.R. 5972 would provide $388 million in funding for other independent agencies, an increase of $15 million over last year. Programs funded under this title include the Federal Maritime Commission, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

 

FY 2013 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act
In Thousands

Program

FY 2012

President's Request

H.R. 5972

Change From FY 2012

Change From Request

% Change From Request

% Change From FY 2012

 

TITLE I--Department of Transportation

Office of the Secretary

Salaries and Expenses

102,481

110,450

108,277

5,796

-2,173

5.7%

-2.0%

Office of Civil Rights

9,384

9,773

9,773

389

0

4.1%

0.0%

Financial Management Capital

4,990

10,000

10,000

5,010

0

100.4%

0.0%

National Infrastructure Investments

500,000

500,000

0

-500,000

-500,000

-100.0%

-100.0%

Cyber Security Initiatives

10,000

6,000

6,000

-4,000

0

-40.0%

0.0%

Payments to air carriers

143,000

114,000

114,000

-29,000

0

16.8%

0.0%

Office of the Secretary Total

779,591

783,412

260,569

-519,022

-522,843

-14.9%

-66.7%

Federal Aviation Administration

Operations

9,653,395

9,718,000

9,718,000

64,605

0

0.7%

0.0%

Facilities and Equipment

2,730,731

2,850,000

2,749,596

18,865

-100,404

0.7%

-3.5%

Research, engineering and development

167,556

180,000

175,000

7,444

-5,000

4.4%

-2.8%

FAA Total

12,551,682

12,747,000

12,642,596

90,914

-104,404

0.7%

-0.8%

Federal Highway Administration

Highway Trust Fund Obligations Limitation

39,143,583

41,830,000

39,143,583

0

-2,686,417

0.0%

-6.4%

Exempt Contract Authority

739,000

739,000

739,000

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

Emergency Spending

1,662,000

0

0

-1,662,000

0

N/A

N/A

Total Federal Highway Administration

41,544,583

42,569,000

39,882,583

-1,662,000

-2,686,417

-4.0%

-6.3%

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Motor Carrier Safety Operations (Limitation)

247,724

250,000

244,144

-3,580

-5,856

-1.4%

-2.3%

Motor Carrier Safety Grants (Limitation)

307,000

330,000

307,000

0

-23,000

0.0%

-7.0%

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Operations and Research (General Fund)

140,146

0

152,000

11,854

152,000

8.5%

N/A

Operations and Research (HTF)

109,500

150,000

122,360

12,860

-27,640

11.7%

-18.4%

Highway Traffic Safety Grants (HTF Limitation)

659,828

793,000

624,188

-35,640

-168,812

-5.4%

-21.3%

NHTSA Total(General Fund Discretionary Appropriations)

140,146

188,000

152,000

11,854

-36,000

12.6%

-19.1%

Federal Railroad Administration

Safety and operations

178,596

156,000

184,000

5,404

28,000

3.0%

17.9%

Railroad Research and Development

35,000

35,500

35,500

500

0

1.4%

0.0%

POTUS Requested Preservation/National Rail System Program

0

1,546,000

0

0

-1,546,000

-100.0%

-100.0%

POTUS Requested Development/National Rail Network Program

0

1,000,000

0

0

-1,000,000

-100.0%

-100.0%

Amtrak operating subsidy grants

466,000

0

350,000

-116,000

350,000

-24.9%

N/A

Amtrak capital and debt service grants

952,000

0

1,452,000

500,000

1,452,000

52.5%

N/A

Total Federal Railroad Administration

1,631,596

2,731,108

2,015,108

383,512

-716,000

23.5%

-26.2%

Federal Transit Administration

Administrative expenses

98,713

166,000

100,000

1,287

-66,000

1.3%

-39.8%

DC Metro

150,000

134,477

149,477

-523

15,000

-0.3%

11.2%

Formula and Bus Grants (Limitation)

8,360,565

8,178,557

8,360,565

0

182,008

0.0%

2.2%

Capital Investment Grants

1,955,000

2,235,486

1,816,993

-138,007

-418,493

-7.1%

-18.7%

Total Federal Transit Administration (Discretionary)

2,189,213

2,554,552

2,008,102

-181,111

-546,450

-1.8%

-21.4%

Maritime Administration

Maritime Security Program

174,000

184,000

184,000

10,000

0

5.7%

0.0%

Operations and training

156,258

146,298

145,753

-10,505

-545

-6.7%

-0.4%

Ship disposal

5,500

10,000

4,000

-1,500

-6,000

-27.3%

-60.0%

Total Maritime Administration

313,498

344,048

337,503

24,005

-6,545

7.7%

-1.9%

Additional Department of Transportation Appropriations

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (with incoming fees)

81,632

80,591

83,510

1,878

2,919

2.3%

3.6%

Research and Innovative Technology Administration

15,981

0

13,500

-2,481

13,500

-15.5%

100.0%

Office of Inspector General

79,624

84,499

84,499

4,875

0

6.1%

0.0%

Surface Transportation Board

28,060

30,000

30,000

1,940

0

6.9%

0.0%

Total Department of Transportation Discretionary Funding

17,744,548

19,550,026

17,634,203

-110,345

-1,915,823

-0.6%

-10.9%

TITLE II - Department of Housing and Urban Development

Management and Administration

Administration, Operations and Management

537,789

532,546

518,068

-19,721

-14,478

-3.7%

-2.7%

Public Office Salaries and Expenses

793,711

816,854

808,546

14,835

-8,308

1.9%

-1.0%

Total Management and Administration

1,331,500

1,349,400

1,326,614

-4,886

-22,786

-0.4%

-1.7%

Public and Indian Housing Programs

Tenant based Rental Assistance

18,914,369

19,074,283

19,134,283

219,914

60,000

1.2%

0.3%

Public Housing Capital Fund

1,875,000

2,070,000

1,985,000

110,000

-85,000

5.9%

-4.1%

Public Housing Operating Fund

3,961,850

4,524,000

4,524,000

562,150

0

14.2%

0.0%

Native American housing block grant

650,000

650,000

650,000

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

Indian Housing Loan Guarantee Fund Program

6,000

7,000

6,000

0

-1,000

0.0%

-14.3%

Total Public and Indian Housing Programs

25,340,605

26,549,283

26,299,283

958,678

-250,000

3.8%

-0.9%

Advanced Appropriations

4,000,000

4,000,000

4,000,000

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

Community Planning and Development

Community development fund

2,948,090

2,948,090

3,404,000

455,910

455,910

15.5%

15.5%

Homeless assistance grants

1,901,190

2,231,000

2,000,000

98,810

-231,000

5.2%

4.4%

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS

332,000

330,000

330,000

-2,000

0

-0.6%

-0.6%

HOME Investment Partnership Program

1,000,000

1,000,000

1,200,000

200,000

200,000

20.0%

20.0%

Total Community Planning and Development

6,700,732

6,704,090

7,000,000

299,268

295,910

4.5%

4.5%

Housing Programs

Project Based Rental Assistance

9,339,672

8,700,400

8,700,400

-639,272

0

-6.8%

0.0%

Housing Counseling Assistance

45,000

55,000

45,000

0

-10,000

0.0%

-18.2%

Housing for Persons with Disabilities

165,000

150,000

165,000

0

15,000

0.0%

10.0%

Housing for the Elderly

374627

475,000

425,000

50,373

-50,000

13.4%

-10.5%

Manufactured Housing Fees Trust Fund

2,500

400

0

-2,500

-400

-100.0%

-100.0%

Total Housing Programs

9,694,999

9,384,400

9,335,400

-359,599

-49,000

-3.7%

-0.5%

Federal Housing Administration

Limitation on Guaranteed Loans

400,000,000

400,000,000

400,000,000

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

Administrative Contract Expenses

207,000

215,000

215,000

8,000

0

3.9%

0.0%

Offsetting Receipts

-5,172,000

-10,434,000

-10,434,000

-5,262,000

0

101.7%

0.0%

Total Federal Housing Administration (Negative numbers equal offsetting receipts)

-4,965,000

-10,219,000

-10,219,000

-5,254,000

0

105.8%

0.0%

Additional Department of Housing and Urban Development Appropriations

Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

70,847

68,000

68,000

-2,847

0

-4.0%

0.0%

Working capital fund

199,035

170,000

175,000

-24,035

5,000

-12.1%

2.9%

 Lead Hazard Reduction

120,000

120,000

120,000

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

Total FY 2012 Discretionary HUD Appropriations

39,841,318

40,362,773

40,391,397

550,079

28,624

1.4%

0.1%

Advanced Appropriations

4,000,000

4,000,000

4,000,000

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

Offsetting Receipts

-5,822,000

-11,204,000

-11,204,000

-5,382,000

0

92.4%

0.0%

Including Offsetting Receipts and Advanced Appropriations

37,433,718

33,554,773

33,583,597

-3,850,121

28,824

-10.3%

0.1%

TITLE III - Related Agencies

Total Other Independent Agencies

373,000

374,400

388,400

15,400

14,000

4.1%

3.7%

FY 2013 THUD Appropriations Totals

Total Discretionary Appropriations

55,550,000

53,479,199

51,606,000

-3,944,000

-1,873,199

-7.1%

-3.5%

 

 

Cost

H.R. 5972 would provide a total of $51.6 billion in budget authority for agencies and programs funded through the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee.