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White House Requests Budget Increase for FMCSA

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The White House’s $5.8 trillion fiscal 2023 budget proposal aims to increase funding for federal trucking regulators.

In President Joe Biden’s latest budget request, unveiled March 28, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s main accounts would see a slight increase over the most recent enacted budget.

For FMCSA’s safety operations and programs, the White House is requesting $367.5 million for fiscal 2023. The budget proposal for the agency’s safety grants division is $506.1 million.

Budget Fy2023 by Transport Topics

For the current fiscal year, FMCSA’s safety operations and programs received $360 million, and the agency’s safety grants division received $496 million.

“The operations and programs account provides the necessary resources to support program and administrative activities for motor carrier safety,” per the budget request. “The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will continue to improve safety and reduce severe and fatal commercial motor vehicles crashes by requiring operators to maintain standards to remain in the industry, and by removing high-risk carriers, vehicles, drivers and service providers from operation.”

The request, a guiding policy document for Congress’ consideration, proposes more than $11 billion for big-picture climate change programs. The funding aims to realize Biden’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Specific to climate change, the budget would dedicate $17 billion for climate science and innovation programs.

The request also seeks to respond to supply chain disruptions. This includes dedicating $1 billion for a Department of Energy program that would facilitate resilient supply chains.

“Budgets are statements of values, and the budget I am releasing today sends a clear message that we value fiscal responsibility, safety and security at home and around the world, and the investments needed to continue our equitable growth and build a better America,” Biden said on March 28. “All told, it is a budget that includes historic deficit reduction, historic investments in our security at home and abroad, and an unprecedented commitment to building an economy where everyone has a chance to succeed.”

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