Yesterday, The US House of Representatives did what has not been done in almost a decade, it passed a 6-year transportation bill. The legislation is a 6-year bill authorizing $325 billion over that time. An amendment approved late in the process will help fully fund the legislation.
The House and Senate will now move to work out their differences in a conference committee. The current extension of MAP-21 expires on November 20th. There is some thought that House and Senate conferees will need a few more weeks to iron out the details and a short term extension into December may be needed.
ACT staff is currently reviewing the final House product, which includes a number of provisions requested by ACT. ACT will send around a special newsletter next week highlighting what is and isn’t in the House bill.
Upon completion of the legislation last night, ACT President Rob Henry had the following to say:
“I congratulate Chairman Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member DeFazio (D-OR) for passing a 6-year transportation reauthorization bill. While the product is far from perfect, there are a number of provisions that will help provide relief for our nation’s commuters. ACT looks forward to working with House and Senate conferees on improving this legislation in Conference”