House to approve transportation, housing measure

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C.--- The GOP-controlled House is cruising toward passage of a huge bill funding transportation and housing programs despite protests from Democrats that the $105 billion measure shortchanges transit projects, Amtrak and rent subsidies for the poor.

Tuesday night's House vote would come hours after the Democratic-led Senate Appropriations Committee unveiled a $158 billion measure funding the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

The Senate measure more than doubles, to $1.9 billion, funding to care for the wave of unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing drug and gang violence in Central American countries like Guatemala and El Salvador. The Senate measure adds money for health research, Head Start and child care grants, as well as reviews of Social Security disability claims.

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