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House Passes Surface Transportation Extension

Posted by Steve Anderson on Thursday, September 24th, 2009

US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
“A bill to extend federal surface transportation programs for three months beyond their scheduled September 30 expiration won the support of the House of Representatives today. By a vote of 335-85, the House approved and sent to the Senate H.R. 3617, a bill to extend the current surface transportation authorization through December 31.”

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Some opinions about the extension:

“The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials issued a statement today supporting the efforts of the House of Representatives to pass legislation extending authorization of federal-aid highway and transit programs. AASHTO noted the urgency of ensuring that federal-aid highway and transit programs do not shut down Oct. 1, the day after the current act expires.”
– American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

“Chairman Oberstar and the Transportation Infrastructure committee are to be commended for their efforts in pushing ahead with substantive transportation reform and keeping the pressure on Congress to make this a top priority. This transportation authorization represents a once-in-a-lifetimes opportunity to reshape our national transportation programs, and we cannot continue to delay action on the issue any longer.”
– Transportation for America

“The three-month extension is a much better approach than the 18-month extension some in the Senate and the Administration are advocating. The longer-term extension simply delays decisionmaking for the sake of electoral politics, shortchanging the country and basic investment in the process.”
– National Association of Manufacturers

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