Today, the House passed H.R. 5850, the Transportation, and Housing Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2011. This bill lays out the $67.4 billion fiscal plan for investment in projects and programs that will help strengthen and maintain the safety of our transportation system, as well as look to provide adequate shelter for Americans in need in a responsible way that will support and strengthen our economy.
The bill focuses on addressing five goals: investing in the nation's infrastructure in a way that supports jobs, helping vulnerable populations facing extreme conditions due to the economic climate, ensuring safe transportation, developing stronger communities through environmentally sustainable solutions, and supporting stronger oversight of government investments.
Specific provisions in the bill include funds to repair our aging national highway system, while also investing in rail and bus projects across the country. Funds will also be used to rehabilitate public housing and develop new sustainable housing that will create jobs and support local economies. Other housing projects will focus of providing affordable housing for the elderly, the disabled and military veterans.
"The strongest investment we can make in our economy is one that focuses on building up our infrastructure" Berry said. Putting money into our infrastructure leads to more jobs while promoting long-term sustained growth. We should also do what we can to create affordable housing for all Americans, particularly our elderly, the disabled and military veterans. I believe this bill will lead us to creating a foundation upon which we can continue to build a sustainable and vibrant economy."