Congress Funds Government, FAST Act in 11th Hour Deal
Working over the weekend, Congressional appropriations committees produced a bicameral agreement on spending for the 2020 Fiscal Year. The $1.4 trillion spending bill funds the government through the end of the fiscal year, preventing a shutdown as December 20 approaches. The appropriations will be considered in two separate “minibuses” and are expected to pass both the House and Senate.
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations increased by $3.2 billion, with the increase dedicated to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Department of Transportation is funded at $86.2 billion; the bill fully funds the FAST Act, provides $1 billion for BUILD (formerly known as TIGER) grants, and includes funding for reviewing and studying transportation resilience metrics.