House Passes $819 billion Stimulus Bill - Only 5% for Transportation

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act late on Wednesday, mostly along party lines. The $819 billion bill includes approximately $275 billion in tax cuts and $545 billion in domestic spending. Only about 5% of the total amount will be directed toward transportation investments, a disappointment to those whose sights were raised by President Obama's pronouncements in early December about a transformative infrastructure and transportation agenda as part of the bill.

Several amendments were added to the bill on Wednesday, including Rep. Nadler's amendment to increase the amount of funding for transit by $3 billion. A proposed amendment to strike funding for Amtrak from the bill was unsuccessful.

Now the action moves to the Senate, which marks up its version of the bill this week. The Senate bill includes an additional $2 billion for high-speed rail that was not included in the House version of the bill.