Congress Likely to Extend Transportation Legislation for Ninth Time

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-Fla.) last week introduced a three-month extension of highway and transit programs, rather than take up a two-year reauthorization bill recently passed by the Senate.

The extension, which would be through June 30, will not include changes to current transportation policy, and would give the House time to work on its own reauthorization bill. The current extension expires March 30. The House will consider the new extension this week, followed by the Senate.

A bipartisan bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), passed the Senate overwhelmingly, by a vote of 74 to 22 on March 14. MAP-21 would reauthorize the nation's surface transportation programs for two years. This bill would rebuild America's roads and bridges, modernize transit systems, and create or save almost 3 million good-paying jobs.