House GOP unveils bill slashing highway grants

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Associated Press

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 6 at 9:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the House are proposing a huge cut to a transportation grant program championed by President Barack Obama. It funds road and bridge projects, light rail networks, port construction and bike paths.

The so-called TIGER grant program dates to Obama's 2009 economic stimulus bill and was funded at $600 million this year. Obama wants to nearly double the program's budget. But the newly released spending bill covering federal transportation and housing programs offers the administration just $100 million, an 83 percent cut from current levels.

The $52 billion measure maintains funding for community development block grants popular with local governments. It also fully funds an upgrade to the Federal Aviation Administration's NextGen air traffic control system.

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