Give it back

News AASHTO Journal February 21, 2002
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With all but one of the 75 members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on board, House transportation leaders ha

With all but one of the 75 members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on board, House transportation leaders have already gathered more than 230 co-sponsors of a bill to authorize federal highway funding for FY 2003 "at least" at the level authorized by TEA-21.


In a letter to colleagues, Chairman Don Young (R-Alaska) and Ranking Minority Member James Oberstar (D-Minn.), and Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman Thomas Petri (R-Wis.) and Ranking Minority Member Robert Borski (D-Pa.) urged members to cosponsor the Highway Funding Restoration Act.


The letter notes that the bill would restore funding for the federal-aid highway program to the level authorized in TEA-21, some $27.6 billion. The President's budget proposal asked that highway funding be reduced from current levels by 27% to a level of $23.2 billion.


Identical legislation has been introduced in the Senate and is supported by every member of the Senate authorizing committee.


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