Congress Clears 90-Day Extension of Surface Transportation Programs

Posted on: March 29th, 2012 by NADO Admin

On March 29, the House passed a 90-day extension of surface transportation programs (H.R. 4281) by a vote of 266-158.  The measure, which only required a simple majority vote to pass, extends programs under the Highway Trust Fund as well as funding and tax authorizations until June 30.  Later in the day, the Senate passed the measure by unanimous consent, clearing the bill for the President despite Democratic attempts to attach the Senate’s two-year transportation bill to the extension.

The current extension of highway programs (P.L. 112-30) will expire on March 31.  If the House and Senate were unable to come to agreement on an extension, a shutdown of the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would have occurred beginning April 1.  In addition, the ability of the federal government to collect on federal motor fuel excise taxes would also have lapsed.

To view NADO’s fact sheet on surface transportation reauthorization, click here.

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