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Legislation that would increase funding for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was approved July 14 during a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee.
Under the fiscal 2021 transportation funding measure, FMCSA would receive $881 million for operations. The proposed funding allocation for the agency would be a $202 million increase from the fiscal 2020 enacted level, and $179 million more than the president’s current request.
The bill heads to the floor for consideration as early as later this month.
Overall, the legislation would provide $107.2 billion for the U.S. Department of Transportation, an increase of $21.1 billion from the fiscal 2020 enacted level and $19.4 billion above the president’s request. The bill also includes $75 billion in supplemental aid for transportation and housing programs that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Every day, our constituents see the consequences of inadequate investment in our housing and transportation infrastructure,” said Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, in a statement. “Natural disasters are increasing in severity and number, exacerbated by accelerating climate change. Meanwhile, COVID-19 is ravaging communities, revealing and deepening existing disparities.”
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