Cole Statement on Passage of THUD Appropriations Bill
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2577, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2016. The legislation fulfills funding for the nation’s transportation and infrastructure and prioritizes housing projects with the greatest need or participation nationwide.
The final bill included a $525 million increase—from last year’s funding level—for loans that can be provided by the Indian Housing Guarantee Program. It also continues support of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Contract Tower Program in order to keep air traffic control towers active and avoid the threat of furloughs for air-traffic control personnel.
Like the CJS Appropriations bill passed in the House last week, the THUD Appropriations bill includes a provision of great value to the future and effectiveness of weather forecasting ahead of potential natural disasters. The bill has language that encourages the FAA to collaborate with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regarding the multi-function phased array radar program (MPAR).
“Whether Americans are traveling by road, rail or air, it is critical that our infrastructure is safe and up to the task,” said Cole. “Passage of the THUD Appropriations bill helps maintain that infrastructure utilized by all Americans and also deals with current housing programs in a responsible manner.”