Surface Transportation Bills Moving Ahead

Posted on: February 1st, 2012 by Matthew Chase

The House and Senate are moving full steam ahead on completing multi-year reauthorization bills for the nation’s federal surface transportation programs for highways, freight, transit, safety and other related issues.

As part of the SAFETEA-LU rewrite process, the Senate is pursuing a two-year, $109 billion package (S. 1813) that maintains most programs at current levels plus inflation. In the Senate, the Environment and Public Works Committee handles the highway title, the Banking Committee has oversight of the transit title, and the Commerce Committee is responsible for safety and research.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is pushing a $262.9 billion, five-year bill, known as the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012 (H.R. 7). The SAFETEA-LU law provided $286.6 billion over six years, averaging $47.7 billion per year over the FY2004-2009 period.  The House Republican proposal would average a total of $52.6 billion per year during the FY2012-2016 period while the Senate EPW bill totals around $54 billion each year.

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