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US House passes fiscal 2023 transportation bill

From Transport Topics.

Legislation that would fund federal transportation programs in fiscal 2023 was recently approved in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Members of the chamber on July 20 passed the legislation, which would back safety initiatives, infrastructure grants and operational expenses throughout the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Specifically, the bill would dedicate $90.9 billion for the upcoming fiscal year, an increase of $9.9 billion above the enacted level. The bill was included in a legislative package that would dedicate funding for other federal agencies and operations.

“As hardworking Americans struggle with rising costs of living, high taxes and stagnant wages, House Democrats and the Appropriations committee are once again supporting families all over America by lowering the cost of living, creating American jobs, lifting up working families, and supporting small businesses,” said Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). “Instead of catering to the biggest corporations and the wealthy, our funding bills provide the critical funding America needs. At the same time, we tackle some of our nation’s biggest challenges by combating climate change, bolstering mental health services, supporting our veterans, and building safer communities with less crime and violence and more security.”

“The bill upholds the commitment to respond to transportation needs across all modes, including highways, transit, rail, aviation, bike and pedestrian projects, and ports,” said Rep. David Price (D-N.C.). He is the chairman of the House transportation funding subcommittee.

“The bill also provides robust funding for our transit infrastructure, including $3 billion for capital investment grants to create new transit routes nationwide and $646 million for transit infrastructure grants to help transit agencies innovate and improve public transit,” Price added.

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