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Federal budget deal includes funding for some bike-friendly programs

Published May 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — A budget deal reached by Congress this weekend includes funding for bike projects including the U.S. Department of Transportation's TIGER grant program, said Katy Hartnett, the director of government relations for PeopleForBikes.

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The deal, reached Sunday, would fund government operations through Sept. 30. Lawmakers must still vote on the $1 trillion deal.  

In a PeopleForBikes posting Monday, Hartnett said the TIGER program has funded bike infrastructure around the country. 

"PeopleForBikes thanks our allies in Congress for funding the TIGER program as part of the omnibus, especially in light of President Trump's initial fiscal year 2018 budget, in which he proposes eliminating the program entirely," Hartnett wrote. 

She said the bill also includes $400 million in funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and $2.9 billion for the National Park Service, an $80 million increase over the previous year.

"In a few weeks, President Trump will release his detailed fiscal year 2018 budget request for all agencies. No matter what his budget proposal includes, PeopleForBikes will be working with our allies in Congress to fund programs across the government that provide riding opportunities for everyone," Hartnett said.

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