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
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
- Passing a long-term bill, as opposed to a
- Maintaining the formulas for existing core
- 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
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.
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