Earlier today, the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, John Mica (R-FL), shared his intention to extend America’s federal surface transportation programs for another 90 days. [See link to Mica bio in CQ below.] If adopted by Congress, this would be the ninth extension of SAFETEA-LU, which officially expired in September of 2009. The current extension of SAFETEA-LU will expire on March 31, 2012, forcing Congressional leaders to consider yet another extension of the long stalled surface transportation bill. Last night, news media reported that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was not “inclined” to assist the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing a short-term extension for surface transportation programs. Such a move by the Senate Majority Leader may increase pressure on the House to consider voting for MAP-21, the Senate transportation bill that was authored in large part by U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and James Inhofe (R-OK) and adopted overwhelmingly last week by a vote of 74 to 22.
Mica bio, "For Mica a Bumpy Road in Driver's Seat," in CQ is here.