Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD): FY2013 Appropriations

The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations subcommittee is charged with providing annual appropriations for the Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and related agencies. The HUD budget generally accounts for the largest share of discretionary appropriations provided by the subcommittee. However, when mandatory funding is taken into account, DOT’s budget is larger than HUD’s budget, because it includes funding from transportation trust funds. Mandatory funding typically accounts for a little less than half of the bill total. The President’s FY2013 budget requested $73.4 billion in new budget resources for DOT. The requested funding was $3.5 billion (5%) more than the amount provided for FY2012 (not counting $1.7 billion in FY2012 emergency funding). Both the House-passed bill and Senate Committee on Appropriations’ bills recommended roughly the same level of funding as in FY2012 (not counting the emergency funding). The House-passed FY2013 THUD bill (H.R. 5972) included no funding for the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program or for the high speed and intercity passenger rail development program, two priorities of the Administration. The Senate THUD bill (S. 2322) proposed to fund the TIGER program and provide a minimal level of funding for high speed rail development ($100 million, compared to the $1.0 billion request). The Administration request proposed a restructuring of DOT surface transportation programs reflecting a reauthorization proposal (a similar proposal was included in last year’s request). The Appropriations Committees did not support the requested restructuring; in July 2012, Congress passed surface transportation reauthorization legislation that did restructure DOT’s surface transportation program but differed from the Administration proposal. The President’s FY2013 budget requested nearly $34 billion in net new budget authority for HUD in FY2013. This is about $4 billion less than was provided in FY2012. However, in terms of new appropriations for HUD’s programs and activities, the President’s budget actually requested an increase of more than $512 million compared to FY2012. The difference—a decrease in net budget authority vs. an increase in new appropriations—is attributable to an estimated increase in the amount of excess receipts available from the FHA insurance fund, which are used to offset the cost of the HUD budget. S. 2322 included about $35 billion in net new budget authority for HUD. That is about $1 billion more than the President’s request and over $2 billion less than was provided in FY2012. H.R. 5972 included $33.6 billion for HUD, which is less than the Senate proposed but more than the President requested. FY2013 appropriations were not enacted before the start of the fiscal year, so Congress enacted a continuing resolution (H.J.Res. 117) providing funding for federal agencies at roughly the FY2012 level for the first six months of FY2013. The 112th Congress adjourned without enacting final FY2013 appropriations. In January 2013, the new 113th Congress enacted a supplemental funding bill in response to Hurricane Sandy (P.L. 113-2). The bill provided $13.07 billion for DOT, and $16 billion for the HUD Community Development Block Grant program, to be used for recovery from Hurricane Sandy, and other disasters. On March 1, 2013, under the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-25), as amended by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-240), President Obama ordered a sequestration. The result is an across-the-board cut of 5% for most of the programs, projects, and activities funded by the THUD appropriations bill (though a few programs in DOT, comprising the majority of its budget, are largely exempted from the sequester). On March 6, 2013, the House passed a bill to fund all government agencies through the end of FY2013 (H.R. 933). It proposes to continue funding for THUD at FY2012 levels, reduced by an across-the-board rescission of 0.098%. It would also maintain the reductions imposed by the sequester. The bill includes a number of anomalies for both DOT and HUD.

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    • Peterman, David Randall
  • Publication Date: 2013-3-8


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