President Obama Signs Five-Year Surface Transportation Authorization Bill into Law
On Friday, President Obama signed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act into law at a signing ceremony at the White House. This legislation was the reconciliation bill formed by the conference committee charged with negotiating the differences between the House-passed Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act and the Senate-passed Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act. The committee report was filed in the House on Tuesday, and passed by a vote of 359 – 65 on Thursday. Later that day, the bill was brought to the Senate, where it passed that night by a vote of 83 – 16. This bill is the first long-term surface transportation authorization in ten years, since the passage of SAFETEA-LU in 2005. For details on what this legislation contains, please view our previous Legislative Alert.