On June 4, the House Appropriations Committee advanced the fiscal year (FY) 2020 funding bill for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) by a 29-21 vote. This spending bill would provide $86.6 billion for USDOT programs, a slight increase over current funding levels. The bill includes the full $46.365 billion FAST Act obligation limitation for the federal-aid highway program, a $1.1 billion increase over 2019. The bill also includes an additional $1.75 billion in general funds for the program, but this is less than the $3.25 billion additional general funds provided in FY 2019, and thus overall highway funding is down slightly from last year. Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grants are funded at $1 billion, a $100 million increase above the FY 2019 level.
This measure also provides transit formula grant funding at FAST Act levels which is an increase of $211 million from FY 2019 with an additional $50 million general fund supplement. The transit Capital Investment Grant program is funded at the FAST Act $2.302 billion level but because of supplemental funding in FY 2019 the overall funding is down $251 million from last year. The bill funds all current capital grant projects that have signed full funding grant agreements and adds an additional $703 million for future new start projects. The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) would receive an additional $500 million in general fund supplement to the $3.35 billion airport trust fund level to bring its total to $3.85 billion, the same as FY 2019.
The legislation is now pending consideration by the full House of Representatives. AGC will continue to track this and other FY2020 spending measures as they move through the legislative process.
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