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Conference Committee Working Through Weekend on Federal Transportation Reauthorization

June 22, 2012

In anticipation of the expiration of the current extension of the Federal Transportation Authorization on June 30, negotiations on a new, long-term authorization went into overdrive this week.

 

Representative John Mica (R-Fla.), chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, held a series of meetings aimed at finalizing an agreement and avoiding another short term extension. The meetings are expected to continue over the weekend.

Several large policy issues remain before the committee including finding agreement on how to finance legislation and whether or not to include any provisions on the Keystone XL pipeline. Also under discussion are several issues of importance of cities including a set aside for transportation enhancements, the MPO threshold, and NEPA streamlining provisions. A new letter was submitted on Thursday outlining the League’s positions on these issues.   

House-Senate conference negotiations formally began between the 47 conferees on May 8.



 
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