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Senate passes two-year transportation bill

Posted By admin On March 18, 2012 @ 11:13 pm In Aggbeat Online | No Comments

In an overwhelming show of support, the U.S. Senate [1] voted to pass a two-year transportation bill valued at $109 billion.

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act [2], passed in a generally bipartisan 74-22 vote, reauthorizes federal highway and transit programs for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 at the 2011 investment level. This follows extensive lobbying efforts by construction industry groups, including the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) [3].

Following the Senate action, ARTBA attention shifts to the House of Representatives [4], where up for vote will be H.R. 7, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act [5], to reauthorize surface transportation programs for five years. This legislation would make a number of policy and procurement reforms contained in the Senate’s MAP-21 Act and would authorize $260 billion in total investment.


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[1] U.S. Senate: http://www.senate.gov/

[2] Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act: http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Files.View&FileStore_id=6d1e2690-6bc7-4e13-9169-0e7bc2ca0098

[3] the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA): http://www.artba.org/

[4] House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/

[5] American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act: http://transportation.house.gov/News/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=1513

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