President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget request seeks deep cuts for many construction accounts and some increases. But if the proposal, released on Feb. 12, gets the same Capitol Hill reception as his 2018 plan did, Congress will go its own way in drawing up 2019 numbers. Appropriators probably won’t start on the 2019 bills for a while. They are busy trying to wrap up 2018 spending measures by late March.
Industry groups oppose the proposed 2019 cuts. They include a plan to end the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant program and a 59% reduction in transit capital grants. American Public Transportation Association CEO Paul Skoutelas said those reductions are “a big mistake and counterproductive to fostering prosperous communities.”