Today, the House of Representatives passed a Conference Report on H.R. 4348, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Among other provisions, the agreement reauthorizes federal highway and surface transportation programs through Sept. 30, 2014.
"Although I wish it extended for a longer period of time, I am pleased to support passage of the highway reauthorization bill today. Our nation's highway safety and transportation infrastructure programs have operated on a short-term and uncertain basis since 2009. This multi-year authorization of our highway programs will provide somewhat greater certainty for the future, which is key to efficiently planning for our nation's transportation needs. The legislation is fully paid for and falls within the tighter budget limits established by Congress last year.
"Importantly, the bill also includes the RESTORE Act, a significant measure that will impact Gulf Coast states. This plan ensures that 80 percent of the penalties paid by BP and other parties responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico actually go to the coastal states affected by the spill. I applaud the members of our delegation, specifically Sen. Shelby and Rep. Bonner, for their hard work on this issue," said Rep. Roby.