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September 13, 2011

Re:  Federal Transportation/FAA Funding Developments

Dear Mayor:

Pursuant to an agreement reached by House and Senate Leaders over the weekend, the House of Representatives has begun debate on a stop-gap measure to extend FAA and Federal Transportation funding. Under the terms of the agreement, surface transportation programs set to expire on September 30 would be extended for six months. FAA programs set to expire this coming Friday would be extended for four months.

The bill would maintain current highway and transit spending levels for the first six months of FY 2012, leaving House-adopted cuts for the second half of the year.   The bill would also extend federal aviation taxes and the federal gasoline tax.  There are no policy changes contained in the bill.    

The bill is being considered in the House of Representatives under “unanimous consent” rules. If no objections are raised, the bill could swiftly move to the Senate for final action.

If the bill does not pass by unanimous consent, the House will have to consider it under normal procedural rules and adopt it by majority vote. That would require additional time between introduction of the bill and final passage. Further, under normal procedures, amendments would be allowed.

We will keep you posted. If you have any questions, contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121 or

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director



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