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April 14
​Senators Reveal Plan for Map-21 Reauthorization

On April 10, Senate transportation leaders including Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, held a press conference to outline their plans and priorities for the reauthorization of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

Unless Congress acts, MAP-21 will expire at the end of September. 

EPW Committee staff will be working over the next two weeks to finalize a discussion draft for a six-year bill that would authorize highway, bridge and transit programs at current funding levels and focus on the following principles:

  •  Passing a long-term bill, as opposed to a short-term solution
  • Maintaining the formulas for existing core programs
  • Promoting fiscal responsibility by keeping current levels of funding, plus inflation
  • Focusing on policies that expand opportunities for rural areas
  • Continuing efforts to leverage local resources to accelerate the construction of transportation projects, create jobs, and spur economic growth
  • Requiring better information sharing regarding federal grants

Chairman Boxer hopes to mark up the bill by the end of April. With the upcoming two-week recess, that leaves April 28-30 as possible dates for committee work.

NACo has shared county priorities for MAP-21 reauthorization with both Senate and House members and their respective staffs. To view NACo’s County Priorities for MAP-21 Reauthorization, click here. To view NACo’s recently published study “The Road Ahead: County Transportation funding and Financing,” click here.

Contact: Jessica Monahan at jmonahan@naco.org or 202.942.4217

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