House and Senate Set to Consider Transportation Legislation

Both the House and Senate will take up separate transportation bills this week.

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to consider H.R. 7, The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012, on Wednesday. The five-year, $260 billion bill has been the subject of much debate mostly due to the ways in which it will be paid for.  The bill cuts off fuel-tax revenue for public transit, expands offshore oil and Alaska drilling, requires approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and reduces retirement benefits for federal workers to help pay for transportation.  The bill also allows limited commercial activities at rest areas, allowing for advertising and sponsorships, and promotion of state tourism.

In the Senate,  a two-year $109 billion bill titled Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), will be considered this week as well.

NATSO, a member of the Partnership to Save Highway Communities, has joined with other transportation groups issuing a letter opposing a possible amendment to allow expanded tolling on existing interstates.

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