NADO Issues Action Alert on Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Posted on: May 7th, 2012 by NADO Admin

Click Here to View the Full NADO Transportation Action Alert

SPECIFIC ACTION NEEDED:

  • Urge your Senators and Representatives to support the House language (included in H.R. 7) 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).  Click here for the full action alert and background information.
  • Urge your Senators and Representatives to support language in H.R. 7 that would grandfather existing MPOs and set the population threshold for new MPOs at 100,000 within an urbanized area.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A COMPLETE LIST OF HOUSE-SENATE CONFEREES

This week, conferees from both the House and Senate will hold their first official meeting on Tuesday, May 8 to begin formal negotiations toward a surface transportation reauthorization proposal. The 14 senators chosen by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and the 33 representatives appointed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will work to settle the differences between the House and Senate proposals. Staff for the various House and Senate transportation committees have already been meeting to prepare for the House-Senate conference committee.

Since the House Republican leadership was not able to secure the floor votes needed to pass the five-year, $260 billion package (H.R. 7) assembled by the Transportation and Infrastructure, Ways and Means, and other related committees, the House is technically using its three-month extension bill (H.R. 4348) as the conference vehicle with the Senate’s two-year, $109 billion measure (S. 1813). The House extension bill includes provisions that would accelerate approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline and steer penalties from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to Gulf Coast states, as well as some environmental streamlining provisions and other bill language that were part of the multi-year bill (H.R. 7).  However, the House-Senate negotiators are planning informally to use many of the provisions included in the House’s multi-year bill (H.R. 7) as part of the House-Senate conference deliberations.

Since the 2005 SAFETEA-LU surface transportation law (P.L. 109-59) expired on September 30, 2009, most federal highway, transit, safety and other related programs are now operating under the 9th short-term extension.  The current extension expires on June 30, 2012.

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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