Blumenauer Calls Underfunded T-HUD Bill A Symptom of Congress' Failure to Invest in the Future

June 9, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC– Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement on H.R. 2577, the FY2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill, to be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives this evening. Representative Blumenauer will vote against the bill.

“The T-HUD appropriations bill is woefully underfunded and will not provide the resources needed to fulfill the federal government’s responsibilities. Due to Republican-mandated spending caps, we’re now arguing over moving small sums of money from one line item to another. Congress has created this food fight for table scraps by underinvesting in our transportation infrastructure for years.

“This is yet another symptom of our failure to invest in the future, and passage of this bill will do nothing to address the current transportation funding crisis. Despite a few modest improvements that can be made to the bill, there are no winners in H.R. 2577, and I will vote against this measure.

“America is falling apart and falling behind our global competitors. We need to get down to business and work together to find a way to solve our transportation funding crisis.”

Last Thursday, June 4, on the House floor, Representative Blumenauer called on his colleagues to get to work to enact a six-year surface transportation authorization bill that would put hundreds of thousands of people to work at family wage jobs and rebuild and renew America.

Click here to watch Representative Blumenauer’s remarks.