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U.S. House Transportation Appropriations Bill Contains No Light Rail Funding for Incomplete CRC Project
Jaime Herrera Beutler supports House Appropriations bill that prohibits transit grants from going to projects that haven’t met permitting, operations and maintenance, local funding criteria
Jaime Herrera Beutler announced that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation today that would keep federal transit funding from going to projects like the Columbia River Crossing that had not met critical permit and funding requirements.
As a Member of the U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD), Jaime helped craft the fiscal year 2014 T-HUD Appropriations bill. The legislation keeps in place the criteria of the New Starts grant program that provides federal transit money for transportation projects, which includes:
The CRC does not meet these criteria. Meanwhile, 17 other projects around the nation are already permitted, locally funded, and stand ahead of the CRC in line for New Starts funding. Members of the T-HUD subcommittee are expected to approve the bill on Wednesday.