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Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation
APTA hails Senate action to stop public transit funding cuts
American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Skoutelas yesterday lauded the U.S. Senate’s adoption of an amendment that blocks a 12 percent funding cut to transit agencies in fiscal-year 2020.
The U.S. Senate yesterday adopted Jones-McSally Amendment No. 1141 and passed H.R. 3055, a minibus appropriations bill that includes the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations bill.
The Jones-McSally Amendment ultimately prevents a $1.2 billion cut to public transportation funding, Skoutelas said in a press release.
Last month, APTA lead a coalition of 31 organizations in opposition to public transit infrastructure funding cuts included in the THUD Appropriations bill, and issued a letter urging the Senate to permanently block the 12 percent cut.
The coalition included associations representing construction, manufacturing, workers, transportation agencies, state and local government officials, businesses and environmental organizations.
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