U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL), Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement regarding the surface transportation bill conference.
Rep. Mica and Senator Boxer said: “The conferees have moved forward toward a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on a highway reauthorization bill. Both House and Senate conferees will continue to work with a goal of completing a package by next week.”
While the House and Senate leaders who are negotiating details of a potential conference agreement on the surface transportation authorization bill have reported encouraging progress on the bill, it may still be necessary to provide a short (no more than one month) extension in order to work out remaining details on an agreement and file the necessary paper so that both Houses can consider a conference report. Today’s news is encouraging however, as failure to see progress on the negotiations would have increased the prospects that the two Houses would provide a simple six-month extension of current law, leaving details for a longer term bill to be worked out during the lame duck session after the elections or early next year.