Thursday, August 1, 2013

House Begins THUD Consideration

The House began consideration of HR 2610, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014, on Tuesday and will finish consideration of the bill today.

To date there has only been one floor amendment approved that will be of specific interest to the chemical safety/transportation community. An amendment (Cong Rec, 7-30-13, Pgs H5117-8) offered by Rep. Griffin (R,AR) increased the operational funding of the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration by $500,000 (2.3%). That increase was offset by taking money from account for the Office of the Secretary (DOT).

Since the reading of the bill has moved on to the HUD portion of the bill, there probably will not be any further amendments of interest to the chemical safety/transportation community. It is possible that amendments could be made to the spending for NTSB as their funding is found in Title III of the bill, but it is unlikely.

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