House and Senate Leaders Name Conferees to Negotiate Surface Transportation Legislation

Posted on: April 30th, 2012 by NADO Admin

ACTION NEEDED:

Please continue to urge your Senators and Representatives to support the House language for state DOT “cooperation” with non-metropolitan local officials in the statewide transportation planning process (including the establishment of Regional Transportation Planning Organizations for areas outside of MPOs), as part of the pending House-Senate conference committee on the federal surface transportation reauthorization bills (H.R. 4348 / S. 1813).  Although the conference committee will not hold its first official meeting until Tuesday, May 8, staff are already working to negotiate a final measure.

  • If your Member of Congress has been named as a conferee (see list below), please reach out to your Senator or Representative personally or to their Washington, D.C. staff.  Congress is in recess this week and Members will be back in their state/district.  If you need help with appropriate staff contact information, please contact Deborah Cox at 202.624.8590 or [email protected] (dcox null@null nado NULL.org). The NADO legislative fact sheet is attached.

UPDATE ON HOUSE-SENATE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE PROCESS:   

House and Senate Leaders Name Conferees to Negotiate Surface Transportation Legislation 

This week, House and Senate leaders announced the appointment of conferees, setting the stage for the start of negotiations on a final surface transportation reauthorization measure.  Although the conference committee will not hold its first official meeting until Tuesday, May 8, negotiations have already started at the staff level.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appointed 14 senators, including eight Democrats and six Republicans. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) appointed 33 representatives, including 20 Republicans and 13 Democrats.

While the make-up of the Senate and House conferees is comprised of the senior members of committees with jurisdiction over various titles of the bill, it is interesting to note that freshman Republican House members outnumber their veteran colleagues on the conference committee (five veterans and seven freshmen). Since opposition from the large Republican freshman class has been one of the primary factors in the House’s inability to move its own surface transportation reauthorization bill this year, the fact that freshmen outnumber the veterans on the conference committee appears designed to ensure their buy-in on a final measure.

The House and Senate conference committee will negotiate the differences between H.R. 4348, a 90-day extension of the current surface transportation authorization which the House passed on April 18, and the Senate’s two-year $109 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill, MAP-21, which passed last month.

SENATE CONFEREES:

Democrats

  • Sen. Barbara Boxer, California
  • Sen. Max Baucus, Montana
  • Sen. Jay Rockefeller, West Virginia
  • Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois
  • Sen. Tim Johnson, South Dakota
  • Sen. Charles Schumer, New York
  • Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida
  • Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey

Republicans

  • Sen. James Inhofe, Oklahoma
  • Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah
  • Sen. Richard Shelby, Alabama
  • Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas
  • Sen. John Hoeven, North Dakota

HOUSE CONFEREES:

Republicans

  • Rep. John Mica, Florida
  • Rep. Don Young, Alaska
  • Rep. John Duncan, Tennessee
  • Rep. Bill Shuster, Pennsylvania
  • Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia
  • Rep. Rick Crawford, Arkansas
  • Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington
  • Rep. Larry Bucshon, Indiana
  • Rep. Richard Hanna, New York
  • Rep. Steve Southerland, Florida
  • Rep. James Lankford, Oklahoma
  • Rep. Reid Ribble, Wisconsin
  • Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan
  • Rep. Ed Whitfield, Kentucky
  • Rep. Doc Hastings, Washington
  • Rep. Rob Bishop, Utah
  • Rep. Ralph Hall, Texas
  • Rep. Chip Cravaack, Minnesota
  • Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan
  • Rep. Patrick Tiberi, Ohio

Democrats

  • Rep. Nick Rahall, West Virginia
  • Rep. Peter DeFazio, Oregon
  • Rep. Jerry Costello, Illinois
  • Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York
  • Rep. Corrine Brown, Florida
  • Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland
  • Rep. Leonard Boswell, Iowa
  • Rep. Tim Bishop, New York
  • Rep. Henry Waxman, California
  • Rep. Ed Markey, Massachusetts
  • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Texas
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Oregon
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, District of Columbia
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