House transportaion chair outlines vision for funding bill
AASHTO: Mica's proposal only a starting point
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Thursday issued the following statement from Executive Director John Horsley regarding House T&I Chairman Mica's Surface Transportation Bill briefing:
"Chairman Mica's bill is the first step in the process to pass a new long-term surface transportation bill that is desperately needed to maintain our national transportation system. This proposed legislation features many reforms that state departments of transportation support including:
We continue to have concerns about the proposed funding levels included in the bill, but we also realize that this is the start of a process that will include not only the House, but also the Senate and the Administration.
Timely action on this bill is important. Not only does the authorization for the highway and transit programs expire September 30, 2011, but so too does the legislation authorizing the revenue to fund these programs. We urge the House and Senate to move the legislative process regarding reauthorization of this program forward as swiftly as possible so bills can be passed in both bodies and final legislation can be presented to the President for signature prior to the September 30 expiration date."