Title: Long-Term Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote on a motion to proceed with a bill that repeals $40 billion in unspent funds, suspends certain regulations for a period of 1 year, and extends appropriations for highway and transportation programs until September 30, 2013.
Repeals $40 billion of all appropriated discretionary funds that remain unspent on the effective date of this act (Sec. 701).
Extends appropriations from the Highway Trust Fund for projects and programs of the Federal Highway Administration from March 31, 2012 until September 30, 2013 (Sec. 201).
Extends public transportation appropriations from March 31, 2012 until September 30, 2013 (Sec. 201).
Appropriates $235 million for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 for surface transportation-related projects and programs (Sec. 301).
Repeals, for a period of 1 year, all covered regulations (Sec. 603).
Defines "covered regulation" as a regulation that (Sec. 602):
Increases costs on businesses in a manner which will have an "adverse effect" on job creation, job retention, productivity, competitiveness, or "efficient" functioning of the economy;
Has an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more;
"Adversely affects" in a "material way" certain factors including, but not limited to, the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities;
Creates a "serious inconsistency" with an action taken or planned by another agency;
"Materially" alters the budgetary impact of grants or loan programs;
Raises novel legal or policy issues; and
Did not take effect before September 1, 2011.
Requires Congress to review and approve, via the enactment of a joint resolution of approval, all rules drafted by federal agencies (Sec. 801).
NOTE: THIS IS A VOTE ON A MOTION TO PROCEED, WHICH SENDS THE LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE FOR DEBATE AND AMENDMENT. A MOTION TO PROCEED REQUIRES A MAJORITY OF THE SENATE FOR APPROVAL.