House Begins to Move Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

Posted on: January 24th, 2012 by NADO Admin

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is scheduled to mark up a five-year SAFETEA-LU highway and transit reauthorization bill on February 2 at 9:00 am.  In addition to new revenues from expanded oil and gas drilling, rumors are circulating about potential new transportation revenue from medical malpractice and healthcare reforms.

Click here to view a one-page summary of the House Republican package as prepared by the committee.

Click here to view a more in-depth summary of the House Republican package as prepared by the committee.

Representatives of the House Republican leadership have discussed plans to bring the full SAFETEA-LU rewrite proposal to the House floor before the President’s Day recess in late February (begins February 20).  In addition to the highway and transit sections being considered by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee next week, the House Ways and Means Committee will need to consider and approve the finance title of the bill.  This will be a difficult task considering the need to find significant funding offsets to maintain the current SAFETEA-LU spending levels over the next five years.

Now that it appears Congress will finish a multi-year reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration within the next two weeks (after years of delays and more than 20 short-term extensions), congressional leaders are definitely turning their attention to the surface transportation bill.  On the Senate side, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has also indicated his desire to move a multi-year SAFETEA-LU reauthorization bill to the floor.  While the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) has completed its two-year bill (MAP-21), the Senate Finance Committee still needs to clear the finance title (with nearly $13 billion in new revenue for the next two years) and the Senate Banking Committee must still approve the transit section of the bill.

Click here to learn about NADO priorities for a surface transportation reauthorization.

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