TIGER grants will be funded in the Senate Appropriations transportation bill, and the measure will likely be released and marked up in subcommittee within the next two weeks, the head of the subcommittee told Bloomberg BNA on July 12.
President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget and the House Appropriations transportation bill both cut the popular Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program’s $500 million as funded in fiscal 2017.
Senate Appropriations transportation-housing subcommittee Chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine) is taking a different tack.
“I’m not for zeroing it out,” she said.
The Obama-era competitive grant program had funded projects in all 50 states and the District of Columbia since its inception in 2009.
“I’m a strong supporter of the TIGER grant program; I believe that it has helped many states and regions meet transportation needs that they would not otherwise have been able to do,” Collins told Bloomberg BNA.
Democrat appropriators in the House objected to the loss of funding in their chamber’s version during the subcommittee markup July 11.
Subcommittee ranking member David Price (D-N.C.) said during markup that Democratic and Republican mayors are “clamoring” for more grants.
“Sometimes it seems the program’s only fault in the view of its critics is it was established by President Obama,” Price said.
The full House Appropriations markup for the transportation bill is scheduled for July 17 at 7 p.m.
The Senate subcommittee will begin working on its bill after hearing from Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on July 13, Collins said.
Chao’s position in defending the president’s transportation budget request is a “difficult” one, Collins said.
“I’m not sure that she was able to have the kind of input into it that a secretary would normally have,” Collins said.
Chao appears at the Senate Appropriations transportation subcommittee July 13 at 2 p.m.
To contact the reporter on this story: Shaun Courtney in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Hendrie at pHendrie@bna.com
Copyright © 2017 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)