New House Rules Allow for Cuts to Highway Funding
The House rules package adopted for the 112th
Congress includes a provision that has
the potential to dramatically alter the process Congress uses to provide
funding for highway and transit programs.
The new rule is a repeal of the guaranteed funding
requirement for annual federal highway investment and the House Point of Order
that protects and enforces that guarantee. These guaranteed funding
levels are established by the multi-year surface transportation authorization
and have been protected since 1998 from any legislation that would fund the
programs below the authorized levels.
During a closed meeting of the Republican Conference, Representative
Steve Latourette (R-Ohio) offered an amendment that would have retained some of
the guarantees of the program while giving the GOP a chance to cut funding if
they can muster a majority of votes to do it on the House Floor.
While the AGC-supported amendment failed, several
Republican Members of Congress – including newly elected members – expressed
their support for keeping the current rule in place. This support will be
critical as we head into the FY 2012 House appropriations and budget season.
Many AGC members took the time to write Congress on this
issue. We must remain committed to working with the full Congress on enacting a
multi-year highway bill. The current extension of the program expires on March
4. As that date approaches AGC will again ask for additional grassroots support
for extending the program at current funding levels. It is likely that the move to cut spending
during the 112th Congress will include efforts to cut spending for
For more information, contact Sean O’Neill
at (202) 547-8892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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