Status of the FY 2023 Bills 

On July 20, 2022, the House of Representatives passed a package of six FY2023 appropriations bills totaling $763 billion along a party line vote. The six appropriations bills included in the package were Agriculture, Energy and Water, Financial Services, Interior and Environment, Military Construction and VA, and Transportation-HUD.

The THUD bill set-aside $150 million from the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program for intercity passenger rail capital projects, including the development of new intercity passenger rail service routes and alignments for existing routes.

Despite the Senate not having agreed to a topline spending level, on July 28 the Senate Appropriations Committee released the Chairman’s mark of all 12 senate appropriations bills. The nearly $1.7 trillion FY 2023 appropriations package includes $30,426,000 in Congressionally Directed Spending projects that are funded out of the CRISI. program.

Funding Levels 

The chart below shows how key rail programs compare between the House and Senate bills, and the authorized levels: