Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Holds Hearing on Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Posted on: February 14th, 2014 by NADO Admin

This week the Senate and Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee held its first hearing of the year on reauthorization of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which expires on September 30, 2014.  The hearing featured testimony from representatives from the business, labor, manufacturing, and road building industries as well as the Secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  The hearing largely focused on the importance of federal investment in transportation and how to fund the Highway Trust Fund for the future.  At the hearing, Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced that she hopes to have transportation reauthorization legislation before the Senate EPW Committee in April.  House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) has indicated he’d like to have a reauthorization bill on the House floor before Congress’ August recess.

Additionally, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its biannual projections of the Highway Trust Fund (http://www NULL.cbo NULL.gov/publication/43884) as part of a larger report entitled Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014 to 2024 (http://www NULL.cbo NULL.gov/publication/45010). According to the report, a new six year highway bill will need $100 billion in new funding or transfers to maintain current MAP-21 spending levels. Click here (http://www NULL.cbo NULL.gov/publication/45010) to read the full report.

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