WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage of key funding needed to promote America’s infrastructure for Fiscal Year 2019.
“I am pleased that the Senate passed a second set of appropriations bills today to fund the government in Fiscal Year 2019. Once they become law, these bills will provide funding for critical programs that support American families and help us to build the infrastructure that will keep our nation moving. Specifically, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development bill invests in critical infrastructure, including a $1 billion BUILD discretionary grant program, as well as $650 million for the Amtrak Northeast Corridor.
“I am particularly proud to see an amendment that I had worked on with Senator Coons included in the bill, which will ensure that the Newark Regional Transportation Center and the Port of Wilmington will be able to use the funding provided in past rounds of the TIGER discretionary grant program. I’m committed to improving Delaware’s infrastructure and expanding transportation choices for travelers and shippers, while creating jobs. These two projects will help us achieve that goal and I’ll continue to push to make sure this amendment that will help my home state will be included in the final funding bill that is signed into law.”
Today’s bill included the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill, the Financial Services and General Government bill, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill, and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies bill. The bill will need to be conferenced with the House of Representatives.