House members voted 240 to 191 Wednesday to adopt Republican-approved rules for the 112th Congress that may negatively impact transportation spending in the future. The new Rule eliminated a provision that required appropriation funding for highways and transit to be identical to the levels set in authorizing law. This creates opportunities for members to offer amendments that will direct highway and transit funds to other purposes, such as deficit reduction.
CTAI is disappointed that House Republicans voted to rescind a guarantee that Highway Trust Fund revenues would be spent to fund the critical highway and transit programs that thousands of Idahoans rely on every day. CTAI will work to educate the Idaho Congressional Delegation on the impacts such amendments could have on the Idaho transportation system and Idaho citizens.