Senate EPW Committee MAP-21 Bill for Up Review


This Wednesday, November 9, 2011 the Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee voted unanimously 18-0 to advance S.1813, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21) a two-year authorization of federal highway programs at current levels, adjusted for inflation. A manager’s amendment containing amendments approved by the EPW Committee leaders was agreed to by voice vote.

The funding level in MAP-21 is $109 billion over two years for highway and transit funding, however the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the financing title, is continuing its work to identify an offset for the $12 billion funding shortfall between current Highway Trust Fund (HTF) revenues and the proposal’s authorized levels.

APTA reported that other authorizing committees will follow EPW’s lead and schedule markups on their respective titles of the bill. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, which is responsible for the transit title, may hold its markup sometime around the Thanksgiving holiday, but nothing on the schedule has formally been determined. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and transportation which had jurisdiction over rail and safety matters, may hold a markup in early December.


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