Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Obama Threatens to Veto Transportation and Housing Bill

President Obama is threatening to veto a $55 billion Republican funding bill for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, According to an article by The Hill. Obama will apparently reject the measure, known as THUD (the best government acronym yet right?), on the grounds that it underfunds transportation and housing programs and includes several policy riders involving travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba and truck driver scheduling.

The measure, approved by the House Appropriations Committee in May, provides $55.3 billion in funding the departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development. That's $1.5 billion more than the current 2015 spending level, but $9.7 billion less than President Obama requested.

Democrats have criticized Republicans for attaching a number of nonbudgetary issues to the bill, such as restrictions on the administration’s efforts to begin normalizing the nation’s relations with Cuba. And truck safety groups say Republicans are using the appropriations process to undo a series of trucking regulations they say makes U.S. roads safer, including limits on the length and weight of trucks.

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