ON THE STREET – News from the SIC
Bill Gilmore, PE (HDR/ICA) / November 16, 2015
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Positive movement continues for long-term transportation funding at the federal level. Both houses are poised to place a bill at the President’s desk by the end of the year. Presuming that minor differences are ironed out, the signing of the bill would allow federal and state agencies to move forward with confidence to plan, design and implement major transportation projects. In the meantime Chairman Shuster has released the following press statement to extend programs while details of the long-term budget are resolved:
Shuster Statement on Bipartisan Surface Transportation Extension
For Immediate Release: November 16, 2015
Contact: Jim Billimoria, Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446
Washington, DC – Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) released the following statement today on the introduction of a bipartisan bill to extend the authorization for federal highway and transit programs through December 4, 2015:
“The House and Senate are making good progress in resolving differences between their respective multi-year surface transportation reauthorization proposals. The conference committee needs the time necessary to meet in public, complete negotiations, and produce a final measure that helps improve America’s infrastructure. This clean extension provides time for that process to occur and for the House and Senate to vote on the final legislation, without shutting down transportation programs and projects in the meantime.”
The Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015, Part II (H.R. 3996) was introduced today by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Shuster, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), and Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI).