Blumenauer Amendment to Two-Month Transportation Bill Would End Cycle of Short-Term Extensions

May 18, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC– Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) announced plans to offer an amendment to H.R. 2353, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, to end the pattern of short-term extensions of the surface transportation authorization bill, MAP-21.

H.R. 2353 would provide a two-month extension of MAP-21, which is set to expire on May 31. This will be the 24th short-term extension since the last full reauthorization of this bill. Republican leadership appears set on passing yet another extension later this summer that would fund transportation programs through the end of the 2015. Representative Blumenauer’s amendment would prevent the House from taking up any legislation to extend MAP-21 past September 30 except a six-year reauthorization bill with at least current funding levels.

“This pattern of repeated extensions, and funding our infrastructure only months at a time, limits our ability to plan for the future and costs us money today. If we extend the program into the next fiscal year, it is nearly certain that Congress will be unable to pass a long-term bill before mid-2017. We all say we want a long-term bill. My amendment would force Congress to return to regular order and pass the six-year bill America deserves by the end of September,” Representative Blumenauer said.