House committee approves transportation funding bill

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Washington – The House Appropriations Committee approved a transportation funding bill for fiscal year 2013 that would provide additional funding to some safety programs while making cuts to others.

The $51.6 billion appropriations bill (.pdf file) for the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies was approved during a June 19 committee session and reported to the full house.

Budget appropriations in the bill include:

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – $776.2 million, a $23.8 million reduction from FY 2012 and $200 million less than requested by the administration
  • National Transportation Safety Board – $102.4 million, matching both the FY 2012 budget and FY 2013 request
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – $244.1 million, $3.6 million less than FY 2012 and $5.9 million less than requested
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration – $23 million, a $1.7 million increase from FY 2012 and $2 million more than requested
  • Federal Railroad Administration, safety and operations – $184 million, a $5.4 million increase from FY 2012 and $28 million more than requested

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