TheHill.com reports that, according to Representative John Delaney of Maryland, the White House is considering axing the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, set up by the Obama administration to provide cash for 'shovel ready' surface transportation projects.
TIGER grants have funded more than 400 projects nationwide, distributing $5.1 billion to cities and states. If the Trump budget follows a previously published blueprint by the Heritage Foundation, the TIGER program and the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan program will lose millions, despite Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao's support for both.
Sacrificing TIGER and TIFIA money in order to deliver a skinny budget is being viewed unfavorably by legislators. “If TIGER grants were to be cut, then it’s big time trouble,” Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), ranking member on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, told The Hill last week.
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