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Shuster sets tentative timeline for next transportation bill

By |  January 20, 2014

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said last week that he wants the House to pass a new transportation-funding bill by August. Shuster did not endorse any specific funding proposals. The current bill expires in September.

My hope is to get reauthorization done on time,” Shuster said, according to The Hill. “We hope to take committee action in the late spring or early summer with the goal to be on the House floor before the August recess. This way there will be time to conference our bill with the Senate’s bill.”

Shuster made his comments during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing. He also stressed the importance of avoiding a repeat of the last transportation funding process, which saw the passage of seven short-term funding extensions before legislators reached a final agreement in 2012.

According to The Hill, panelists at the hearing encouraged lawmakers to back up Shuster’s words with an increase in funding. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, for example, asked for a six-year bill because a two-year bill is not helpful, he said.

Kevin Yanik

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Kevin Yanik is editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry. He can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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