Transportation Funding Uncertain
Transportation leaders, from both the private and public sector, are pushing Congress to enact long-term transportation funding.
The previous transportation funding law, SAFETEA-LU, has been granted short-term extensions, the latest of which expires on March 4. The uncertainty of transportation funds is causing reluctance to plan big projects and make capital purchases.
President Obama is expected to include a six-year transportation plan in his upcoming budget proposal. However, Congress is looking to cut the budget and there is little support for increasing the gas tax.
Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka are scheduled to testify at a February 16 hearing in the Senate on the need for a new transportation bill.
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