NLC and State Municipal Leagues Call for Federal Transportation Funding
Current federal transportation funding legislation, known as MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act), expires on September 30, 2014. Actual funding is expected to run out prior to that date. TML has been working with the National League of Cities (NLC) to advocate for appropriate federal transportation funding.
A stalemate over the future of the federal transportation program continues in the House and Senate. In a letter to Congress, NLC’s executive director and the executive directors of all 49 state municipal leagues continued the push for needed funding.
Speaking on behalf of the 19,000 cities and towns across the county, the group urged Congress to take action on a long term reauthorization of surface transportation programs before the current program expires.
It appears that, despite municipal and other efforts, Congress will be focused on a short term solution to the federal funding shortfall. NLC reports that the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee will likely be announcing a short term agreement on an extension of transportation funding that will keep the federal highway fund solvent until December 31.
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