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Transportation Infrastructure Bill Advances In Senate

Transportation Infrastructure Bill Advances In Senate

The Waterways Journal
AUGUST 1, 2019  
BY JIM MYERS

Washington, D.C.—A key Senate committee approved a five-year, $287 billion bill to reauthorize a major transportation infrastructure program that includes a number of provisions that will impact the waterways industry.

Advanced by a 21–0 vote of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, Senate Bill 2302, America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019, was described in historic terms by supporters partly for its 27 percent increase in authorized spending over the current levels in the law that expires next year.

Provisions important to the waterways industry include those to expand eligibility in the National Highway Freight Program to include lock and dam modernization and grant states flexibility to use federal freight formula funding on waterways projects.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who sponsored language impacting the McClellan Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System and other waterways, said the bill also would allow states to apply for Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) grants for those projects... FULL ARTICLE

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