The U.S. House of Representatives passed a transportation and housing bill that would appropriate $75.8 billion for U.S. DOT programs in fiscal year 2010.
The bill, HR3288, also appropriates $123.1 billion for housing programs. The $75.8 billion proposal for transportation is $9 billion more than was allocated for 2009.
House lawmakers voted 256-168 in favor of the bill on Thursday, July 23. The Senate has yet to take up transportation and housing appropriations, so there’s a long way to go before the bill becomes law.
Work by Congress on HR3288 should not be confused with other transportation and funding legislation currently being debated on Capitol Hill. This is not related to the $450 billion “highway bill” in the House nor is it related to efforts to keep the Highway Trust Fund operating in the black.
Even though it is a routine annual appropriation, there are still provisions that could affect trucking and your bottom line.
If you would like to learn more about HR3288, click here and enter the bill number in the search field. Remember that it is only the House version and not final bill language.
To get a general idea about how the appropriations process works in Congress, click here.
– By David Tanner, staff writer