05-27-2005

05NR13 - Highway Bill Extension Passed and Conference Committee Formed

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Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice-President of Government Relations
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May 27, 2005

#05NR13 - Highway Bill Extension Passed and Conference Committee Formed

The US Congress has passed a 30-day extension of current highway and transit programs, buying Congress more time to negotiate a conference report on a long-term highway reauthorization bill. Both extension bills passed by voice vote, this is the seventh time Congress has extended the 1998 surface transportation law since September 2003. The current extension expires May 31.

Conferees were also named after the extension was passed. The 92 person Conference Committee, which will be chaired by Don Young (R-AK), is comprised of 30 Senators of which there are 16 Republicans and 13 Democrats and one Independent representing the Senate Environment and Public Works, Banking, Commerce, and Finance committees. They are: Senators Inhofe (R-OK), Warner (R-VA), Bond (R-MO), Voinovich (R-OH), Chafee (R-RI), Murkowski (R-AK), Thune (R-SD), DeMint (R-SC), Isakson (R-GA), Vitter (R-LA), Grassley (R-IA), Hatch (R-UT), Shelby (R-AL), Allard (R-CO), Stevens (R-AK), Lott (R-MS), Jeffords (I-VT), Baucus (D-MT), Lieberman (D-CT), Boxer (D-CA), Carper (DE), Clinton (D-NY), Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Obama (D-IL), Conrad (D-ND), Inouye (D-HI), Rockefeller (D-WV), Sarbanes (D-MD), Reed (D-RI), and Johnson (D-SD).

The House appointed 62 Members to the panel; of the 62 there are 37 Republicans and 25 Democrats representing the House Transportation and Infrastructure, Budget, Education and the Workforce, Energy and Commerce, Government Reform, Homeland Security, Judiciary, Resources, Rules, Science, and Ways and Means committees. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) was also named a roving conferee who can sit in on all negotiations. They are: Young (R-AK), Oberstar (D-MN), Reps. Tom Petri (R-WI.), Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.), Howard Coble (R-N.C.), John J. Duncan (R-TN.), John L. Mica (R-FL.), Peter Hoekstra (R-MI.), Spencer Bachus (R-AL.), Steve LaTourette (R-OH), Richard Baker (R-LA.), Gary Miller (R-CA.), Robin Hayes (R-N.C.), Robert Simmons (R-CT.), Henry Brown (R-S.C.), Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Bill Shuster (R-PA), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.), Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Corrine Brown (D-FL.), Bob Filner (D-CA.), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-TX), Gene Taylor (D-MS.), Elijah Cummings (D-MD.), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR.), and Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), Jim Nussle (R-IA), John Spratt (D-S.C.), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL.), Bill Thomas (R-CA), Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Rep. Jim McCrery (R-LA.), David Dreier (R-CA), Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jim McGovern (D-MS), Richard Pombo (R-CA), Reps. Greg Waldon (R-OR), Ron Kind (D-WS), James Sensenbrenner (R-WS.), John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX.), Tom Davis (R-VA), Henry Waxman (D-CA), Todd Platts (R-PA.), Joe Barton (R-TX), John Dingell (D-Mich.), and Rep. Charles Pickering (R-MS.), John Kline (R-MN.), Ric Keller (R-FL), John Barrow (D-GA), Chairman Christopher Cox (CA),Bennie Thompson (D-MS.), Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA.).

The MRF will continue to keep you informed on the developments of this conference process.


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