Senate Appropriations Bill Expands Rescission of Highway Funds
On May 19, the Senate passed its fiscal year (FY) 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill (S. 2844). The bill includes a rescission of $2.2 billion in unobligated highway contract authority apportionments in FY 2017. Although states’ ability to deploy contract authority is limited by annual obligation limitations, state officials have expressed concern about the rescission, arguing that its explicit distribution among programs will impede their flexibility to program federal funds.
This Issue Brief describes the rescission and its potential impact on states. FFIS will examine the entire T-HUD appropriations bill in a forthcoming brief.