The House took the first steps to provide a fiscal 2009 budget for most of the federal government, including the Department of Transportation.
The House Appropriations Committee on Monday approved a $410 billion spending plan for nearly all agencies except the departments of Defense and Homeland Security. The money would fund the agencies through Sept. 30.
Consideration of the budget stalled last year in the run-up to the presidential election. Democratic lawmakers and President Bush reached an impasse over the budge amount, and the president threatened to veto that exceed the amount he had requested.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 will complete "the unfinished business of last year when the president refused to address the priorities and the needs of the American people."
DOT will receive a total of $55 billion. Among the programs it will fund:
- Highway infrastructure, $40.7 billion
- Highway safety grants, $620 million
- Airport modernization, $3.5 billion
- Aviation safety, $1.2 billion
- Amtrak, $1.5 billion
- Federal Transit Administration, $10.1 billion
- Maritime Administration, Maritime Security Program $174 million
- Maritime Administration, $123 million for operations and training
The bill also will provide the Army Corps of Engineers $2.1 billion for construction of locks and dams on the inland waterway system, and $2.2 billion for operations and maintenance dredging.