Appropriations for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and for Defense

budgetRep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) in his weekly emails gives his perspective on action in Congress. Here he discusses “H.R. 2577, “Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act” and H.R. 2685, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act.”

H.R. 2577, “Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act

The House continued consideration of Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriations bills with H.R. 2577, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. While H.R. 2577 represents a funding increase over FY 2015, it is much less than the President requested and imposes specific cuts on a number of programs. This legislation cuts Amtrak by more than $250 million and rejects the President’s request to include additional funding for the installation of Positive Train Control. The freight and passenger industry faces a December 31st deadline to install this safety feature, which monitors speed and can automatically stop a train to prevent an accident. It was not yet in place at the site of the tragic Amtrak crash last month. H.R. 2577 also cuts the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant Program, money used by states and municipalities to improve transit availability. Housing programs also experience deep cuts, including the Public Housing Capital Fund and HOME grants. I voted NO. H.R. 2577 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll329.xml

The vote was close: 216 to 210; Rep. Reed voted AYE.

Department of Defense Appropriations Act

The House also considered H.R. 2685, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act. While I support some of the provisions in this bill, I could not vote for it because it is structured to avoid the spending caps mandated through sequestration. I have always opposed sequestration and think it should certainly be reconsidered, exempting one department while subjecting the others to even steeper funding reductions is not responsible budgeting. I voted NO. H.R. 2685 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll358.xml

Rep. Reed voted AYE.

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3 Responses to Appropriations for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and for Defense

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    Rep. Reed is “asleep at the wheel” of transportation – except when it came to improving rail for gas transportation – then he was all for it.
    http://www.ccida.com/index.php/latest-news/press-releases/167-reed-visits-rail-bridge-improvement-project-touts-importance-of-infrastructure.

    Here’s what Reed voted for in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act:
    http://www.gop.gov/bill/h-r-2685-department-of-defense-appropriations-act-2016/

    Here’s what Reed voted for to feed Americans:
    “Approximately 1 million of the nation’s poorest people are slated to be cut off SNAP over the course of 2016 as a three-month limit on SNAP benefits for unemployed adults aged 18-50 who aren’t disabled or raising minor children returns in many areas. These individuals, whose average income while on SNAP equals 19 percent of the poverty level, will lose food assistance after three months regardless of how hard they are looking for work.”
    http://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/house-budget-would-slash-snap-by-125-billion-over-ten-years

    Priorities are clear for Tom Reed.

  2. pystew says:

    The Defense Appropriations Act is a mixed bag. He voted to “$122.7 billion for active, reserve, and National Guard military personnel, a decrease of $7.8 billion below the budget request, and a decrease of $5.3 billion below the FY 2015 enacted level”, “$162.3 billion for operation and maintenance support to the Military Services and other Department of Defense entities, a decrease of $14.2 billion below the budget request”, and “$98.6 billion for procurement, a decrease of $8.3 billion below the budget request which affects:helicopters, Patriot missile systems,Ground Forces Tactical Networks, Poseidon Multimission aircraft, electronic attack aircraft, Israeli Cooperative Program Iron Dome” and more. Does Rep. Reed really want us to think he is protecting us?

    The SNAP cuts are not a surprise.

  3. whungerford says:

    On the Meehan amendment to H.R. 2577, Tom Reed voted AYE.
    An amendment, offered by Mr. Meehan, to prohibit the use of funds for Amtrak capital grants used for projects off the Northeast Corridor until the level of capital spending by Amtrak for capital projects on the Northeast Corridor during fiscal year 2016 equals the amount of Amtrak’s profits from Northeast Corridor operations during FY 2015.
    The amendment failed.
    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll322.xml

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