CONGRESSMAN MORELLE VOTES TO RE-OPEN DEPTARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, PROTECTING LOW-INCOME FAMILIES FROM EVICTION
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle joined House Democrats in passing the Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies appropriations bill to re-open the Department of Transportation and Department (DoT) of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
“With each passing day of President Trump’s government shutdown, more and more Americans are being endangered – including an estimated 2.2 million low-income families and individuals who are facing eviction because they can no longer access critical rental assistance programs,” said Rep. Morelle. “Furthermore, this shutdown has imperiled the safety of our nation’s transportation system with thousands of air traffic controllers and highway workers furloughed or working without pay. Our families deserve better, and that is why the House has taken up measures that will restore order to our government and immediately fund these vital services and programs.”
This legislation is nearly identical to the appropriations bill that previously passed the Senate with broad bipartisan support and accomplishes the following:
- Returns stability to more than four million households that depend on HUD’s rental assistance programs;
- Restores ability of National Transportation Safety Board to investigate transportation incidents;
- Fully funds National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Aviation Administration;