U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) announced he was selected to serve on the Conference Committee for the Highway bill, also known as the Surface Transportation Extension Act. The Conference Committee is made up of members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to work out the differences between each chamber's version of the bill.
"Passing a highway bill into law has proved difficult," said Congressman Tiberi. "I look forward to taking up this challenge because at the end of the day we need a federal highway bill that not only responsibly reforms how we fund our highways, but encourages job creation by making sure the Keystone Pipeline is built, and provides additional funding for essential infrastructure."
The House approved H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II by a vote of 293-127. The bill would extend the authority to appropriate funds from the Highway Trust Fund for federal highway and surface transportation programs for the duration of fiscal year 2012.
Under current law, surface transportation funding is set to expire on June 30, 2012. The current highway program, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act -- A Legacy for Users, expired at the end of fiscal year 2009 and has since been authorized under a series of short-term extensions.
The House of Representatives has passed several multi-year transportation funding measures only to have them stalled in the Senate.