Senator Collins Announces Significant Funding Increase for TIGER Program Clears Key Hurdle

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $550 million—a $50 million increase—for the National Infrastructure Investment Grant Program, also known as TIGER.

The funding was included in the Transportation and Housing Appropriations bill, which Senator Collins coauthored as the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee.

“I am pleased that the Committee unanimously approved our bill, which boosts funding for the TIGER grant program to address the poor condition of our nation’s infrastructure and the strong demand from local communities,” said Senator Collins. “Infrastructure projects help create job opportunities, increase safety, and boost our economy, and they require a strong partnership at the federal, state, and local levels. I will continue to work to ensure continued funding to help build and maintain an innovative and efficient transportation system.”

TIGER provides federal assistance for vital transportation projects across the country. Since the program’s inception in 2009, Senator Collins has secured more than $122 million for key transportation investments throughout Maine, including bridges, seaports, and rail projects.

The Transportation and Housing Appropriations bill will now be considered by the full Senate.