Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) offered the following comments after the House approved a bill funding the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for 2013.
"Today the House put forward an Appropriations bill that meets the needs of our nation while spending nothing more.
"No one said upholding our pledge to reform government and restrain spending would be easy; but through hard work, tough decisions, and necessary cuts, we were able to pull together and pass legislation that fully funds our critical safety programs and still saves almost $4 billion."
The legislation would provide funding for the nation's transportation programs, including the repair and maintenance of interstate highways, the Federal Aviation Administration, the modernization of the nation's antiquated air traffic control systems, the National Transportation Safety Board, the National Highway Safety Administration et al. It would also fund the Housing and Urban Development programs like the Community Development Block Grant Program et al.
The bill, H.R. 5972, would spend $51.6 billion in 2013, a cut of about $4 billion from 2012 levels.