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U.S. Senate to Consider Five-Year Highway Bill Reauthorization

The first draft of the five-year reauthorization of the FAST Act would expand first-year spending by 17 percent.
July 29, 2019, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The first version of what could become the country’s next major highway policy bill will be unveiled in the Senate prior to Congress’ recess in August," reported Eugene Molero and Lianna Norman earlier this month.

"The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee intends to consider a five-year highway bill, kicking off reauthorization of the FAST Act, a five-year highway law that expires in October of next year," according to the article.

Details about the reauthorization weren't available at the time, but a little more is known as the U.S. Senate prepares to mark up the draft reauthorization in committee. According to a paywalled article by Jeff Davis, the draft reauthorization would increase highway spending by 17 percent.

Yonah Freemark responded to that figure on Twitter by blasting the reauthorization's lack of attention to climate change, which inspired some back and forth that reveals more details for readers who lack an Eno Transportation Weekly subscription.

Planetizen will continue to update this story as it develops and more publicly available information can be shared.

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Published on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in Transport Topics
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