Appropriations bills continue to move forward despite the different spending limits being used by the House and Senate. The House Appropriations Committee is working with the $1.028 billion limit set by the House Budget Resolution while the Senate is using the higher $1.047 billion limit established by the Budget Control Act. This indicates that Congress is unlikely to enact all spending bills before Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 begins on October 1. Instead, one or more continuing resolutions will likely keep the federal government operating into the beginning of the fiscal year.
Last week, the House Appropriations Committee, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee (THUD) marked up draft legislation to make FY 2013 appropriations for the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and related agencies. The bill sets HUD program funding levels generally in line with the Administration’s budget request for FY 2013, with some exceptions. These include lower funding for public housing and homeless assistance, and somewhat higher funding for the HOME and Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). It also provides $165 million for the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program, a $15 million increase over the Administration’s request.
The House THUD Appropriations bill provides a total of $10.472 billion for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs. Given that the current authorization for federal public transit and highway programs is ongoing, the House maintains spending for all Highway Trust Fund/Mass Transit Account contract authority programs at FY 2012 levels. The bill also provides Amtrak with $50 million for compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.