Monday, September 24, 2012
Continuing Resolution Cuts Highway Funding
The House and Senate have approved a funding bill to keep all government agencies, including the Department of Transportation, funded through March 27, 2013, at levels similar to that of fiscal year 2012. Transportation spending under the continuing resolution do not reflect the levels authorized by MAP-21, which should go into effect on October 1, 2012. According to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), at the funding levels in the continuing resolution the federal highway program will lose approximately $500 million and 17,000 jobs. NAPA staff met with Senators Boxer and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) on Sept. 13 to discuss the situation. The senators agreed to work on a retroactive fix when the full-year appropriation is finalized later this year or at the start of the 113th Congress in 2013. Click here for a copy of the letter released by NAPA and the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) opposing the continuing resolution’s cuts to highway funding.