Senate Yeas While House Nays on Transportation

Ben Goldman follows the recent developments as the Senate and House Transportation bills make their way through the Capitol.
February 10, 2012, 1pm PST | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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The Senate Transportation bill dubbed MAP-21 got through its first real test yesterday with flying bi-partisan colors, in stark contrast to the reception the GOP crafted House bill has received.

As Goldman reports, "Today saw a massive mobilization of opposition to House Speaker John Boehner's five-year disaster of a transportation bill, even as he defended it at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. Meanwhile, the Senate voted 85-11 to move forward with Senator Barbara Boxer's two-year reauthorization proposal."

Although the Senate bill is far from perfect, according to non-motorized transportation advocates, it takes a much more balanced approach to environmental and modality issues than the draconian House bill.

A full vote in the Senate is expected some time next week.

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Published on Thursday, February 9, 2012 in Streetsblog D.C.
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