U.S. House panel approves $42.5 billion for transportation

Reuters By David Shepardson February 10, 2021 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House committee voted Wednesday to approve a plan to provide $42 billion in assistance to transportation sectors and workers as part of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, while another committee is set to vote Thursday on funding for U.S. airlines and contractors. Reuters first reported many of the details of the plans to provide new assistance to U.S. airlines, transit systems, airports and passenger railroad Amtrak and create a $3 billion program to assist aviation manufacturers with payroll costs. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on a 39-25 vote approved $42.5 billion for transportation including $30 billion for public transit agencies, $8 billion to U.S. airports and concessionaires, $1.5 billion to Amtrak and $3 billion for a temporary payroll support program for aerospace manufacturing. President Joe Biden had proposed just $20 billion for struggling U.S. transit agencies - and nothing for airlines or airports.


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