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Senate Committee Clears Highway Bill

 According to media reports today, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st  Century Act, or MAP-21.


The bill reauthorizes the federal-aid highway program at current funding levels plus inflation for two fiscal years.


Says Associated Press reports:


"The two-year transportation plan was drafted by the committee's Democratic chairwoman, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, and its senior Republican, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma. The bill's co-sponsors include the Senate Finance Committee's Democratic chairman, Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, and its senior Republican, Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, who are trying to find the money to pay for the plan."


 "I don't think there is any question, if you look at the four of us, that this is the definition of bipartisan work," Vitter said. "This is a jobs bill, this is an infrastructure bill that is designed to succeed, that can succeed."


Media coverage:


Associated Press


The Hill's Transportation Blog


USA Today



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