Yesterday the House passed the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (lovingly known as THUD) appropriations bill for FY 2016. R&D activity funds in the final House bill were changed little from those passed by the Appropriations Committee May 13. Ultimately, the House bill remains substantially below the Administration's request on many major technology programs, in part due to the ongoing legislative discussions over a new highway reauthorization bill.
Among the technology-relevant THUD amendments accepted by the House were one offered by Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) to provide an extra $3 million to the Federal Aviation Administration for cybersecurity related to airspace systems, including the NextGen program. Rep. Jim Bridenstine also offered a successful amendment to add $250,000 to FAA's Office of Space Transportation. Both amendments were adopted by voice vote.
The Senate version of the THUD bill, and further progress on the surface transportation reauthorization, await.