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Congress moves ahead with surface transportation legislation
03/19/2012
 

 In a burst of progress, both chambers of Congress are moving forward with legislation to reauthorize the federal surface transportation program.
 
The Senate’s bill—Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21 (S 1813)—passed the Senate on March 14 with a bipartisan vote of 74 to 22.
The Senate’s bill—Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21 (S 1813)—passed the Senate on March 14 with a bipartisan vote of 74 to 22. The House, usually a model of legislative efficiency compared to the slower and more deliberative Senate, has had greater challenges moving forward on a bill. Nonetheless, the House may vote on its own bill, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act (HR 7) in the near future or, alternatively, take up MAP-21. The federal surface transportation program expires on March 31, so if Congress hasn’t passed an authorization bill it will have to pass another extension to prevent a shutdown of the federal program.
 
ODOT staff has analyzed and compared both bills, including program funding levels for Oregon, and posted information on the department’s federal affairs webpage
 
The surface transportation authorization legislation sets the policy and program framework—as well as the funding levels—for highway, transit, and bicycle/pedestrian programs, under which Oregon receives more than half a billion dollars each year.