The full House will take up a $52 billion spending bill that would fund transportation and housing programs in fiscal 2015 as early as this month.
Appropriators backed the legislation May 21 by a vote of 28-21 during a committee hearing.
Despite Democrats’ efforts to increase the legislation’s proposed funding to pay for infrastructure programs, the bill, as amended, would provide significantly less funding for a popular grant program the Obama administration uses to help fund large-scale programs.
The bill also would provide $100 million for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Act (TIGER) grant program — $500 million below the fiscal 2014 enacted level and $1.15 billion below the administration’s fiscal 2015 request.
In a 28-22 party-line vote, the Republican-led panel defeated an amendment to the bill offered by Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) that would have provided an additional $500 million for the TIGER program. Democrats suggested they would look to restore funding for the program when the bill reaches the floor.