Cut the Extension Cord
- Written by Mark Kuhar
March 1, 2010 – The federal surface transportation program is set to expire on March 4. You know what that means: another extension! We've only been passing these temporary extensions since 2009. In order to avoid a funding lapse of the highway program, on Feb. 16, the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee unanimously approved the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011 (H.R. 662), which would extend the federal highway and transit programs through the end of fiscal year 2011 (Sept. 30). The extra time is needed for Congress to complete work on a new, multi-year authorization law. The House is expected to vote on final passage for H.R. 662 tomorrow with the Senate following the House’s lead shortly thereafter. Uncertainty surrounding federal surface transportation programs has a severe negative effect on the more than one million jobs supported by the construction industry. It's time to cut the extension cord. We need a real bill NOW! Click here to send a note urging your lawmakers to support the bill.