Transportation Bill Update

23-Mar-2012 Community Transportation Association of America reports that despite the Senate’s passing of S. 1813 by a 74-22 margin on March 14, House of Representatives Republican Transportation & Infrastructure staff indicated that the House will not take up the Senate bill yet. Instead, Passenger Transport is reporting that Rep. John Mica (R-FL), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced a three-month extension of surface transportation authorization in the House on March 22. The House is expected to take up the legislation the week of March 26.

The Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, H.R. 4239, is a “clean” extension of Highway Trust Fund expenditure authority, taxes, and funding authorizations through June 30, 2012. It will be the ninth extension of authorization since SAFETEA-LU expired Sept. 30, 2009. The legislation provides for distribution of funds at the same rate as under the existing Fiscal Year 2012 DOT Appropriations Act and the current short-term extension (Public Law 112-30), which expires March 31.

The text of the bill is available by clicking here.

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