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U.S. Senate opens talks on Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

U.S. Senate opens talks on Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

The $287 billion bill is being moved out of committee this week

updated 7.30.19 8:22 a.m. CST.

Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.) are scheduled this week to move a bipartisan bill, titled the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA), out of committee. ATIA would authorize $287 billion in state highway spending authority for Fiscal Years 2021-2025.

According to a recent release by ARTBA, which has attended multiple briefings with the EPW committee staff in Washington, the legislation includes:

  • Of the $287 billion in budget authority, 90% will be provided to the states via formula
  • A new $6 billion bridge program would be funded by a mix of Highway Trust Fund and General Fund revenues
  • New climate change and safety incentivization programs
  • Additional streamlining provisions, including the codification of “One Federal Decision,” the Trump administration executive order requiring all agencies to work together on a single decision for environmental project reviews... FULL ARTICLE

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