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July 24, 2020

Rep. Kirkpatrick Advocates for Sonoran Corridor, Funding for Affordable Housing

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Approps Bill

(Tucson, AZ) — Rep. Kirkpatrick announces new funding victories from the FY2021 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies bill. The legislation funds the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related agencies, including th United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.

The Sonoran Corridor is and will continue to be a major regional economic catalyst for Tucson and Southern Arizona. I’m thrilled that we secured language in this bill in support of the expansion of one of the nation’s largest import and export distribution hubs,” Rep Kirkpatrick said. “This year’s THUD bill provides significant investments in our nation’s future by allocating funds for environmental protections, affordable housing, and upgrading our 1950’s era transportation system.”

Rep. Kirkpatrick’s Arizona priorities were successfully included and approved in today’s vote. Some of Rep. Kirkpatrick’s toplines include:

  • Language expressing the Committee’s support for the Sonoran Corridor;
  • Billions for HOME Investment Partnerships Program to expand access to affordable housing;
  • Funds Community Development Fund, community development block grants for states and local governments;
  • Includes Low or No Emission Bus Grants for state and local governmental authorities to purchase or lease zero-emissions and low-emission transit busses to safeguard our environment.

In addition to securing some of her major Arizona priorities, Rep. Kirkpatrick was instrumental in helping the subcommittee allocate national funding priorities. 

For fiscal year 2021, the legislation provides $158.3 billion in base budgetary resources. The bill includes $75.9 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $1.7 billion above the FY 2020 enacted level and $16.8 billion above the President’s 2021 budget request. Consistent with the INVEST in America Act, the bill includes budgetary resources for surface transportation programs totaling $78.7 billion. In addition, the legislation provides $75 billion to support the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by investing in our nation’s transportation and housing infrastructure.

 A summary of the bill is here. The text of the bill, prior to adoption of amendments in full committee, is here. The bill report is here.

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