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EPW Committee gives unanimous approval to bipartisan transportation bill

Noting that she has been on EPW committee since 1993, Boxer added how rare it is for a transportation bill to make its way through the body “without controversy.”

The Trucker Staff

5/15/2014

WASHINGTON — The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) today unanimously approved S.2322, the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the nation's transportation programs for six years at current funding plus inflation.

The legislation was cosponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., Ranking Member of the Committee, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Ranking Member of the Subcommittee.

Boxer said, "Today’s passage sends a powerful signal to our colleagues and to our nation that we are serious about addressing the looming funding crisis in the Highway Trust Fund.  I am proud of this strong, bipartisan bill that helps provide the certainty that all of our states and cities need to move forward with critical infrastructure and transportation projects. … 

Noting that she has been on EPW committee since 1993, Boxer added how rare it is for a transportation bill to make its way through the body “without controversy.”

Vitter called the vote is “a testament to the overwhelming bipartisan support of this urgently needed legislation.”

Committee members said the legislation builds on the current Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) which expires on Sept. 30, and noted that the Highway Trust Fund is projected to run out of funds this summer, hence the need to act quickly on both sides of the aisle.

S. 2322 will now go to the full Senate for consideration, where it will be combined with measures from the Senate Committee on Finance, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

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