Federal Transportation Grant May Survive With Help From U.S. Senate

Funding for transportation and community development grant programs may be maintained in the federal budget despite threatening proposals from the White House and legislation passed by the House of Representatives.

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Members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, photo courtesy of U.S. Senator Jack Reed’s website.

As reported by Route Fifty, a bill in the US Senate Committee on Appropriations would preserve funding for TIGER and community development grants for state, county, and municipal governments,

The Senate legislation includes $550 million for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grants, which Congress allocated $500 million in fiscal 2017. The grants have funded road and transit projects in urban and rural areas across the U.S.

President Trump’s budget proposes eliminating all funding for the program.

And House appropriators passed a bill earlier this month that would zero-out funding for it. But, in recent years, a similar dynamic has unfolded, where House lawmakers seek to slash TIGER funding and the Senate provides money for the program.

The Senate bill would also provide $3 billion for the Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG, program and $950 million for the HOME Investment Partnerships initiative, which provides states and localities with grants meant to support affordable housing.

For more information, see Senate Panel Advances Bill That Would Boost TIGER, Maintain CDBG Funding from Route Fifty.