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February 24, 2012

House Leadership to Revise Transportation Reauthorization Bill

On February 23, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives leadership indicated it may revise its five-year transportation reauthorization proposal, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act (AEIJA). These changes would reduce the length and perhaps the funding levels of the bill. Additionally, the changes would restore mass transit funding to the Highway Trust Fund. AEIJA had originally proposed to fund transit, bicycle, and other projects from a new Alternative Transportation Account to be supported with general revenues. The revised House bill would retain provisions to expedite environmental reviews and project delivery.

Earlier this month, various House committees passed components of the AEIJA, and last week the House leadership indicated it would split AEIJA into three bills after more than 300 amendments were offered to the bill. Additionally, on February 14, the White House threatened to veto the House transportation reauthorization package.

CMAP issued a two-part analysis on AEIJA earlier this month.