Republicans Advance Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Funding Bill that Threatens the Safety and Reliability of Our Roads, Railways, and Housing Across America

July 12, 2023
Press Release

Bill includes $51 billion in tax breaks— billionaires would not have to pay the taxes they owe, while families will have a harder time commuting to work and keeping a roof over their heads.

WASHINGTON — Today, House Republicans advanced their fiscal year 2024 Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies funding bill that makes traveling less safe, ignores low-income families living in hazardous conditions, and threatens to shutter our economy.

In this bill, House Republicans are cutting $25 billion from the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funding to ensure billionaires pay taxes. It also includes a cruel $564 million gutting of critical resources to remediate health hazards (including lead-based paint) in low-income housing. On net, the bill provides $65 billion, $26 billion below the 2023 level, a reduction of over 28 percent. It demonstrates Republicans’ continued attempts to not just undermine the deal their own Speaker made just one month ago but to double down on their broken promises by injecting unrealistic efforts to repeal prior funding agreements into already-partisan appropriations legislation.

The legislation:

  • Raises costs while threatening to shutter our nation’s economy by making it more difficult for Americans to commute to work and secure affordable housing while also slowing the shipment of products American families depend on.
  • Makes travel and communities less safe by slashing investments in rail and other transportation infrastructure. We have recently seen the costs of inadequate rail infrastructure play out in real-time, yet this bill eliminates the Federal-state Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail program and cuts the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement program in half, kicking the can down the road on major safety improvements for passenger and freight rail. Gutting rail infrastructure at this magnitude would result in the elimination of services, delays to station improvements that support accessibility for people with disabilities, and sweeping layoffs of rail service employees.
  • Further harms our environment and ignores the impact of climate change by prohibiting the implementation of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rule aimed at encouraging states to establish declining carbon dioxide targets and a method for measuring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation.
     

“I’m disappointed that the Republican 2024 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development bill fails to meet the needs of Americans.” Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Quigley (D-IL-05) said. “At a time when too many people in America don’t have a place to call home or lack access to affordable transportation options, the FY24 THUD bill slashes funding for new affordable housing for most areas of the country and commuter and passenger rail. Instead, we should be investing in programs to help communities improve their commutes, travel safely, redevelop distressed housing and attract economic development. Unfortunately, the bill falls too short of these critical investments. The Republican THUD bill sets America back in a time we need to move forward.”

Congressman Quigley’s full remarks as prepared for delivery are here.

“Just as House Republicans released this bill decimating rail safety investments, a train derailed blocks from the United States Capitol. While hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country are struggling to put a roof over their heads and communities are reeling from devastating train crashes and collapsing roads and bridges, House Republicans are ignoring them,” Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) said. “The Republican 2024 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development bill makes inexcusable transportation cuts and fails to meet the housing and infrastructure needs of a growing population. Their cuts will make everything from commuting to work to shipping goods less safe, slower, more difficult, and more expensive for Americans. They are proposing these cuts and attempting to take back the funding for existing infrastructure investments while never missing an opportunity to participate in a ribbon cutting. This bill would have lasting, harmful consequences on the health and safety of our communities.”

Congresswoman DeLauro’s full remarks as prepared for delivery are here.

Key provisions of the bill can be found here. The text of the draft bill is here.

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118th Congress