By Keith Laing
"This bill saves taxpayers billions of dollars and eliminates waste wherever possible," he continued. "And it reflects responsible decisions to ensure that the transportation and housing programs Americans rely on can remain in place for years to come without putting our nation even further in debt."
The appropriations committee pointed out that the numbers released Wednesday were within the limits on discretionary spending that were approved in the deal to raise the federal debt ceiling last month.
The debt deal caps non-security agency spending to $359 billion for fiscal year 2012.
Though it less than the proposal from President Obama, who has sought to increase transportation funding, the proposed spending levels are close to current appropriations.