House to Consider Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill Next Week; Current Programs Extended Through November 20

Posted on: October 30th, 2015 by NADO Admin

On October 22, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved by voice vote the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015.  The measure funds surface transportation programs at $330 billion.  While the measure is being touted as a six-year bill, only three years’ worth of funding pay-fors are assumed.  After the initial three years, Congress would have to identify new revenue to keep programs authorized.  Highlights of the bill include expanded funding for bridges off the National Highway System, a new program for nationally significant freight and highway projects, and an increase in the percentage of Surface Transportation Program funds to go to local communities (up from 50 percent under MAP-21 to 55 percent).  The House is expected to consider the bill on the floor next week.  In addition, facing an expiration of the current extension of surface transportation on October 29, the House and Senate both passed extensions of MAP-21 this week through November 20 and the President signed the extension into law.  The extension will allow for conference negotiations between the House and Senate.  The Senate passed its surface transportation reauthorization bill, the DRIVE Act, in July.

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