Rep. Shuster wants Transportation Committee to pass transportation bill by August

January 16, 2014

houseofrepsCan a new transportation bill hit the House floor by August? Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) seems to think so.

Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said during a committee hearing on Tuesday that he wants the new transportation funding bill to go to the House floor before August recess, our sister site Better Roads reports.

Shuster said he wants to “get reauthorization done on time” and encouraged lawmakers to avoid passing short-term funding extensions. The current bill expires in September.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told the committee he would like to see a six-year bill this time, noting that “a two-year bill is not very helpful to us.”

An increase in funding was also requested, though the federal gas tax — which has traditionally funded transportation and has remained at 18.4 cents per gallon for about 20 years — received little discussion.

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