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Budget Deal Has No Specifics on Infrastructure Spending

Budget Deal Has No Specifics on Infrastructure Spending

Unlike last two-year pact, new agreement lacks overall infrastructure increase target

ENR.com
July 27, 2019
Tom Ichniowski

A two-year bipartisan agreement to increase overall federal discretionary spending caps is heading for final congressional approval. But the measure is silent about how much money individual programs—including construction and infrastructure accounts—would get in fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

And unlike the last two-year budget deal, which covered fiscal 2018 and 2019, the new one has no provision calling for a general increase per year in overall infrastructure spending.

Decisions on infrastructure line-items will come from congressional appropriations committees in coming months. Sean O’Neill, Associated General Contractors of America vice president for congressional affairs, says of the budget pact, “It remains to be seen, I think, how it’ll impact federal construction accounts.”

The House approved a bill codifying the agreement—the Bipartisan Budget Act—on July 24 on a 284-149 vote. The Senate is expected to pass the measure during the week of July 29. President Trump has said he supports the legislation... FULL ARTICLE

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