On May 22, 2019, the House Appropriations Committee released its FY 2020 draft transportation appropriations bill. Highlights include:

  • $1.1 billion for MARAD—$63 million less than last year and $395 million above the President’s budget request
  • $300 million for school ship construction—equal to last year’s levels and $95 million more than the President’s budget request
  • $225 million for MARAD’s Port Infrastructure Development Program—$68 million less than last year and more than the President’s request of $0
  • $15 million for MARAD’s Short Sea Transportation Program (America’s Marine Highways)
  • $20 million for MARAD Small Shipyard Grants