United States House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a plan to avail $42.5 billion as COVID-19 relief to transportation sector and workers, this allocation will be part of the greater $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan by the U.S government.
The house committee passed this approval on February 10, another committee is set to deliberate on a similar matter concerning funding of the United States airline industry and contractors.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted 39:25 in favor of approval of the $42.5 billion for transportation. The breakdown of the approval includes $30 billion for public transit agencies, $8 billion to U.S. airports and concessionaires, $3 billion for a temporary payroll support program for aerospace manufacturing and $1.5 billion to Amtrak.
Earlier on President Biden had proposed $20 billion for struggling public transit agencies in the United States and nothing for airports and airlines.
Initially, Congress had allocated transit agencies $39 billion and also awarded $12 billion to airports and concessionaires.
Since last year March when the pandemic set foot across the world, U.S airlines have been awarded a cumulative of $40 billion in payroll support. The latest allocation of $14 billion is set to keep workers on employment until September 30.