The House today approved the fiscal year 2013 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill on a vote of 261-163. The legislation includes funding for the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related agencies. In total, the bill provides $51.6 billion in discretionary spending -- a reduction of $3.9 billion below last year's level and $1.9 billion below the President's budget request.
"The safe and responsible shepherding of taxpayer dollars is important government-wide -- particularly when dealing with our nation's infrastructure and housing. This bill helps guarantee that taxpayer dollars aren't slipping through the cracks by implementing strict oversight and eliminating wasteful, unnecessary programs," House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.
Subcommittee Chairman Tom Latham added, "This legislation continues my goal and dedicated work of ending the budgeting gimmicks and accounting tricks that have plagued Washington in recent years. I'm proud that we meet our nation's transportation and housing needs while remaining fiscally responsible and accountable to hardworking American taxpayers."