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Friday, May 17, 2013

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

Maggie McCarty
Acting Section Research Manager and Specialist in Housing

David Randall Peterman
Analyst in Transportation Policy

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.

In the deliberations on FY2013 THUD funding during the second session of the 112
th Congress, the House passed a THUD bill (H.R. 5972). The Senate Committee on Appropriations reported out a THUD bill (S. 2322), but this bill was not passed by the Senate. Thus Congress did not enact a separate THUD funding bill prior to the beginning of FY2013, and ultimately did not enact a separate FY2013 THUD appropriations act.

THUD appropriations for FY2013 were provided through a pair of continuing resolutions (CRs): P.L. 112-175 provided funding from the beginning of FY2013 through March 27, 2013, and P.L. 113-6 provided funding through the end of FY2013. These CRs provided funding at roughly the FY2012 level. These CRs included several exceptions (anomalies) for individual DOT and HUD accounts.

FY2013 THUD funding was reduced by the imposition of a sequester, per the terms of the Budget Control Act (BCA). The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) estimated that the sequester would reduce DOT funding by around $1.6 billion, and HUD funding by around $3 billion.

Final FY2013 funding levels for THUD accounts have not been published. This report will be updated to reflect the final FY2013 figures when they become available.

Date of Report: May 2, 2013
Number of Pages: 29
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