May 3, 2012



Transportation Bill Conferees to Hold First Meeting May 8
Contact Your Member Today and Urge Quick Action to Finalize a Bill

 
Enactment of a long overdue surface transportation authorization bill is an APWA priority. 

If your Congressional representative is a conferee on the Transportation Conference Committee, show your support for an agreement on a final bill.  Contact your Representatives on the Conference Committee TODAY and urge them to finalize a bill quickly. 
 
To send your message, go to http://capwiz.com/apwa/home/ , click on the ‘take action’ button,and enter your zip code.  You may be prompted to enter your full 9 digit zip code if your zip code covers more than one district. It’s important you enter your zip code accurately because you will only be permitted to send an alert if your zip code matches with a Congressional representative who is on the Transportation Conference Committee.
 
A House-Senate conference committee formed to negotiate an agreement on a long-term surface transportation authorization bill will hold its first meeting May 8.  APWA supports completion of a well-funded, multi-year authorization that: 
 
  • at a minimum provides current levels of investment plus inflation
  • strengthens local decision-making authority and flexibility to address local transportation needs and
  • expedites the project delivery process. 
 
In March the Senate approved a two-year, $109 billion reauthorization bill, MAP-21 (S1813).  The Senate bill reauthorizes highway and transit programs at current funding levels plus inflation, consolidates programs, eliminates earmarks and expedites project delivery.  Because the House did not approve its own transportation reauthorization bill, MAP-21 will be the basis for negotiating a final bill.  However, the House approved a “shell” bill (HR 4348) which initiated the process for establishing the conference committee. 
 
The House of Representatives named 33 conferees and the Senate 14. 
 
House Conferees
John Mica (FL); Don Young (AK); John Duncan (TN); Bill Shuster (PA); Shelley Moore Capito (WV); Rick Crawford (AR); Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA); Larry Bucshon (IN); Richard Hanna (NY); Steve Southerland (FL); James Lankford (OK); Reid Ribble (WI); Fred Upton (MI); Ed Whitfield (KY); Doc Hastings (WA); Rob Bishop (UT); Ralph Hall (TX); Chip Cravaack (MN); Dave Camp (MI); Patrick Tiberi (OH); Nick Rahall (WV); Peter DeFazio (OR); Jerry Costello (IL); Jerrold Nadler (NY); Corrine Brown (FL); Elijah Cummings (MD); Leonard Boswell (IA); Tim Bishop (NY); Henry Waxman (CA); Ed Markey (MA); Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX); Earl Blumenauer (OR); Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC).
 
Senate Conferees
Barbara Boxer (CA), Max Baucus (MT), John Rockefeller (WV), Richard Durbin (IL), Tim Johnson (SD), Charles Schumer (NY), Bill Nelson (FL), Robert Menendez (NJ), James Inhofe (OK), David Vitter (LA), Orrin Hatch (UT), Richard Shelby (AL), Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) and John Hoeven (ND).
 
To view the Senate bill, visit http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112s1813es/pdf/BILLS-112s1813es.pdf.
 
To view the House bill, visit http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr4348rds/pdf/BILLS-112hr4348rds.pdf.
 
To see the letter APWA sent all conferees, click here



May 31, 2012


Time is running Out for House-Senate Conferees to Reach Agreement on a Transportation Bill



Contact Your Congressional Representatives Today and Urge Quick Action to Finalize a Bill!

With less than a month before the ninth temporary transportation funding extension expires June 30, a House-Senate Conference Committee working on a final agreement  is running out of time.  Conferees are expected to need to reach agreement by mid-June to allow enough time for the House and Senate to approve the agreement and the President to sign a bill into law by the end of June.  

 
Call and write  your Congressional Representatives today! Urge them to support quick action to finalize a transportation authorization bill!  
 
Enactment of a long overdue surface transportation authorization bill is an APWA priority.  APWA supports completion of a well-funded, multi-year authorization that: 
  • at a minimum provides current levels of investment plus inflation
  • strengthens local decision-making authority and flexibility to address local transportation needs and
  • expedites the project delivery process. 
 
 
On May 8, the House-Senate conference committee began negotiations toward passing a long-term surface transportation authorization bill, but the conferees have not reached an agreement yet.  In March the Senate approved a two-year, $109 billion reauthorization bill, MAP-21 (S1813).  The Senate bill reauthorizes highway and transit programs at current funding levels plus inflation, consolidates programs, eliminates earmarks and expedites project delivery.  Because the House did not approve its own transportation reauthorization bill, MAP-21 is the basis for negotiating a final bill.  However, the House approved a “shell” bill (HR 4348) which initiated the process for establishing the conference committee. 
 
Let your representatives in the House and Senate know that passage of a long-term transportation bill is an APWA priority and should be theirs too. Visit the APWA Legislative Action center at  http://capwiz.com/apwa/home/ , click on the ‘take action’ button, fill in your contact information and click ‘send’ to e-mail them a prepared message, which you may customize. You can call your Senators’ and Representative’s office and tell them that a long-term transportation authorization is crucial to the sustainability, safety, and economic vitality of local communities across the country.
 


To view the Senate bill, visit http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112s1813es/pdf/BILLS-112s1813es.pdf.
 
To view the House bill, visit http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr4348rds/pdf/BILLS-112hr4348rds.pdf.
 
To see the letter APWA sent all conferees on May 2, click here.

Thank you for your support.  If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Tracy Okoroike at APWAAdvocates@apwa.net  or 202-218-6702.