T-HUD Lands With a Thud in the Senate, Too

T-HUD Lands With a Thud in the Senate, Too

A day after the House pulled its version of the Transportation-HUD (T-HUD) appropriations bill from the floor, the Senate also threw in the towel.  After debating the bill for more than a week, a vote to invoke cloture failed 54-43.  Congress will now leave town for its summer recess without any FY2014 appropriations bill having cleared both chambers.

The bill funds the Department of Transportation, including its Office of Commercial Space Transportation, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  In total, it provides $54 billion, substantially more than the $44 billion in its House counterpart. 

House Republican leaders pulled their bill from the floor yesterday because they did not have enough support in their own party to pass it because of the low level of funding.   In the Senate, Republicans prevented that version from being brought to a vote because it has too much funding.

The road ahead for congressional approval of any funding bill for FY2014, which begins on October 1, is murky.

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