The House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday afternoon approved a FY 2019 spending bill for DOT and FAA that includes an additional $500 million for airport infrastructure projects and a $3 million increase for the Contract Tower and Contract Tower Cost-Share Programs.
Subcommittee Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) urged his colleagues to support the spending bill and noted that the measure includes $500 million for additional discretionary airport grants and reflects a two-year budget agreement that calls for additional infrastructure spending.
"There is nearly unanimous consensus that we need to make major investments in our roads, in our bridges, and our railways, seaports, and airports," Diaz-Balart said. "This bill shows that we don't need to wait to do a separate infrastructure bill. This is the infrastructure bill."
Subcommittee members quickly approved the FY19 DOT spending bill by voice vote. The full Appropriations Committee will consider the measure next week.