Cities: Senate Proposal is Positive Step in Race to Transportation Reauthorization

Washington, D.C. - National League of Cities (NLC) Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony released this statement following the introduction of the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act by U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), David Vitter (R-LA), Tom Carper (D-DE) and John Barrasso (R-WY):

"We are pleased to see the release of a bipartisan Senate proposal for a six-year surface transportation bill. Although we are still analyzing the bill, we hope the Senate's proposal will be another step forward in the race to reauthorize the critical funding needed to support the nation's transportation system. A long-term, holistic transportation plan is needed to create jobs, promote long-term economic development and build a foundation for future growth in communities and the nation.

"We applaud the efforts of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Boxer (D-CA), Ranking Member Vitter (R-LA), Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee Chair Carper (D-DE) and subcommittee Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-WY) for their leadership. We will continue to work with the Administration and Congress to ensure that a long-term bill that has stable funding and provides local governments with resources and input into decisions affecting local communities."

The bill was introduced on the first day of Infrastructure Week (May 12-16, 2014), featuring events across the country that explore emerging solutions, innovative approaches and best practices that are being developed to modernize aging infrastructure. NLC is participating in several events including:

  • Webinar: "Infrastructure Funding and Financing" with NLC and the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA)
  • Capitol Hill Event: "The Economic Impact of Public Transportation Investment: Stories from Around the Country" with NLC First Vice President Ralph Becker, mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, and speakers from the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the U.S. Travel Association