Senate Passes MAP-21
On March 14, 2012, the U.S. Senate passed Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), its 1.5-year transportation reauthorization bill, by a vote of 74 to 22. The vote came after consideration of several amendments over the past week. Additionally, last week the Senate approved a manager's amendment. That amendment combined 37 amendments accepted by committee leadership with the various titles reported out of the Environment and Public Works, Finance, Banking, and Commerce Committees over the winter. This week, the Senate approved a second manager's amendment.
In all, the Senate approved nine amendments over the past week, including provisions to exclude privatized highways from receiving federal transportation funds. The Senate rejected 14 amendments, including provisions to commercialize Interstate rest areas and to permit the Keystone XL pipeline. The list of amendments and list of roll call votes are available on-line.
MAP-21 now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives, which is in recess this week for a district work period. The current extension of federal transportation programs expires on March 31, 2012. For CMAP's position on MAP-21, take a look at our Policy Updates.