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Transportation Spending Bill Approved by Subcommittee

On June 12, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation approved, by voice vote, the FY2002 transportation spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered). Overall, the bill would provide $14.9 billion in discretionary spending for transportation, the same amount requested by the President but less than the $16.5 billion appropriated in FY2001.

The bill would provide a $25 million increase to $125 million for job access and reverse commute grants. The grants are used to aid welfare-to-work recipients with transportation costs associated with their jobs. The funding level is the same amount requested by the President.

The Minority Business Resource Center would be reduced by $1 million to $900,000 in FY2002, the same amount requested by the President. Additionally, minority business outreach would be level-funded at $3 million, also the same amount requested by the President.

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