President Obama’s budget for fiscal-year 2017 arrived in Congress in February. The proposal, which still needs to be voted on, would boost total spending by 4.9 percent, with most of that going towards programs such as social security and interest payments on the national debt.
The budget is filled with minus signs for federal construction programs for 2017, including General Services Administration new buildings, Army Corps of Engineers civil works and Environmental Protection Agency water infrastructure. However, there are offsetting increases in the construction sector, which includes highway and transit programs tracking the 2017 provisions of the recently-approved FAST Act.
According to the Associated General Contractors of America, the fiscal year 2017 budget includes a total of $141 billion for construction programs, which is up about 14 percent from the $123.9 billion that was included in the fiscal year 2016 budget.
The administration’s budget includes:
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