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Transportation, from page 1
for another 90 days beginning on June
30th, when time on the current exten-
sion – the 10th since the transporta-
tion program, known as SAFETEA-LU,
originally expired – runs out. Leaders
have been unable to adopt a transporta-
tion program with policy language and
instead opted for a straight or “clean”
extension that included several con-
troversial items – such as approval of
the Keystone pipeline and regulatory
streamlining to speed up transportation
projects – in order to gain Republican
The Senate has twice rejected the
Keystone pipeline amendment. House
leaders have indicated they cannot pass
a bill without the amendment.
The House rejected efforts by
Democrats to pass MAP-21, the Senate’s
two-year, $109 billion program, and
instead voted for the 90-day extension
and requested a conference with the
Senate on their bill shortly after the
Due to multiple committees having
jurisdiction over the bill, there are 14
conferees in the Senate and 33 in the
NLC encourages city leaders to con-
tact members of the House-Senate con-
ference committee to: preserve the cur-
rent MPO structure and threshold and
maintain the current 62.5 percent fund-
ing distribution in current law; main-
tain essential transportation programs in
current law, including Transportation
Enhancements and Safe Routes to
School; support water and wastewater
project caps from state volume cap for
private activity bonds contained in the
Senate bill; and support a 15 percent
set-aside for local bridges adopted dur-
ing Senate debate on S. 1813.
Senate conferees: Barbara Boxer
(D-Calif.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Dick
Durbin (D-Ill.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.),
Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Charles Schumer
(D-N.Y.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.),
James Inhofe (R-Okla.), David Vitter
(R-La.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Richard
Shelby (R-Ala.), Kay Bailey Hutchison
(R-Texas), Jay Rockefeller ( D-W.Va.)
and John Hoeven (R-N.D.).
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