Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted to support the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. It will provide funding for transportation infrastructure development, housing assistance, and community development.
“This legislation invests in our national infrastructure, affordable housing for families and seniors, and programs that strengthen our economy and help people move into the middle class,” said Senator Van Hollen. “It includes critical funding for Maryland projects – from moving WMATA and the Purple Line forward, to preventing homelessness and combating lead hazards, to supporting regional airports.”
The bill also includes amendments offered by Senator Van Hollen. The first urges the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to improve the development of flight paths to reduce impacts of noise, including in communities near National Airport and BWI. The second amendment directs the FAA to improve research on noise impacts, cumulative impacts from increased frequency of flights.
The legislation includes hundreds of millions of dollars to keep Maryland moving and reduce congestion, including:
It makes critical investments to provide safe and affordable housing for Marylanders, including:
The bill helps foster economic development and good jobs in Maryland through programs, including: