Surface Transportation Bill on the Move...

By Ms. Aliyah Horton CAE posted 01-25-2012 08:24 AM

Excerpts from Jan 25, Politico's Morning Transportation (MT)

SURFACE BILL ON THE MOVE: The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has set Feb. 2 as the "official but not public" date to mark up a five-year highway/transit reauthorization, according to sources. Chairman John Mica will unveil the bill Friday - it likely will clock in at around $260 billion ($52 billion per year). House leaders hope to have the bill approved by Feb. 17, Highways and Transit panel Chairman John Duncan told MT. Current policy runs out March 31. Two short summaries made the rounds yesterday:;

Can't use what you don't have: Senate Environment and Public Works ranking Republican Jim Inhofe is skeptical of the House's drilling pay-for, which he thinks won't raise near enough money. "You can't very well use revenues you don't have," Inhofe told MT.

AND IN THE UPPER CHAMBER: Over on the Senate side, the transportation bill still needs the revenue and transit titles. Banking Chairman Tim Johnson told MT he and ranking member Richard Shelby still have several issues to work out but he hopes to hold a markup "as soon as possible."