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A package of fiscal 2021 appropriations bills that included the Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies measure recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives.
The bill, which received a 217-197 vote, would provide the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration $881 million for its operations. The proposed allocation would be a $202 million increase from the fiscal 2020-enacted level, and $179 million more than the president’s request. Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chairman David Price (D-N.C.) noted, “Throughout the bill, we focus on improved safety, the needs of underserved people and communities, and resiliency in the face of a changing climate. ‘Infrastructure Week’ shouldn’t be a punchline. This funding is necessary for our future prosperity, especially as we transition from pandemic to recovery.”
According to Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) the bill:
- Provides strong funding and protections to prioritize public health and safety.
- Addresses police reform.
- Invests in education and job training.
- Expands access to safe, affordable and fair housing.
- Supports service members and military families.
- Combats climate change and embrace a clean energy future.
“I am also proud that the package includes strong emergency appropriations to confront coronavirus and support economic recovery,” Lowey said.
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