President to Sign MAP-21 Legislation Tomorrow
a White House Rose Garden ceremony on Friday, July 6, President Obama will sign
the Moving Ahead for the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Congress passed the
transportation reauthorization legislation just in time to beat the June 30,
2012, expiration date. A one week extension (the tenth of its kind) was also
approved to allow time for the legislation to be filed in the proper format.
MAP-21 extends highway and transit program authorization for 27-months – through
the end of FY 2014 – and keeps funding at current levels with a modest
inflation boost (1.4 percent) in FY 2013 and 2014. Authority to collect the
Federal motors fuels tax is also extended through the end of FY 2016. View
AGC’s summary of the bill’s major
provisions of interest to the construction industry here.
reform provisions in the legislation, including environmental streamlining,
transportation enhancement program changes, and program consolidation will not
be implemented until Oct. 1, 2012. In a conference call with the major
stakeholders following the vote, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
Chair Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said she would like to take a few month hiatus
from the bill, but added that Congress now needs to identify a new revenue
source, which is needed to keep the Highway Trust Fund operating into the
has contacted those senators and representatives who supported passage of the
bill and thanked them for their vote. AGC also contacted the 53 representatives
and 19 senators who voted in opposition to express our disappointment and reiterate
the value these programs have to the long term viability of the US economy, global
competitiveness and job creation. Letters have been uploaded to AGC’s
Legislation Action Center for you to send similar letters to your Congressional delegation. This was
not an easy vote for members of Congress. Those who voted in support are
hearing from opponents of the legislation. They also need to hear from
supporters. Please take the time to let your elected officials know that you
are aware of their vote and their support is appreciated.
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