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House panel approves transportation funding cuts

House panel approves transportation funding cuts

The Hill
BY MELANIE ZANONA - 07/11/17 08:25 PM EDT  68

A House panel approved legislation on Tuesday evening that would cut funding for the Department of Transportation (DOT) by over half a billion dollars.

After a swift meeting, the House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development advanced a spending bill by voice vote to provide $17.8 billion in discretionary funding for the DOT in the fiscal year 2018.

That figure is $646 million less than current levels — a 3.7 percent decrease — but is $1.5 billion more than what President Trump requested for the agency.

“The Chairman was dealt a very difficult hand, and as a result, we are not investing enough in our housing and transportation infrastructure to maintain it, let alone expand it,” said Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), ranking member on the panel... FULL ARTICLE

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