Leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have introduced a $283.9 billion, six-year bill to reauthorize expired federal surface transportation programs.
The Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (TEA-LU), H.R. 3, retains the policy features of the bill by the same name the House of Representatives passed last year but adds $4.5 billion in overall funding. The bill's total funding is the same as the level President Bush proposed in his fiscal year 2006 budget earlier this week. Features of the bill include:
The bill does not yet include the minimum guarantee provisions which address state donor-donee issues. Like the previous bill, however, this bill includes a “re-opener” provision to cut off highway funding after two years to allow lawmakers to add more funding to the program in the future. The bill does not contain projects.
To see the American Public Works Association's priorities for reauthorization, visit www.apwa.net/advocacy.