House Transportation Committee To Begin Reauthorization Next Week

Correction: Only the rail portion of the bill, specifically the GOP proposal to privatize the Northeast Corridor, will be rolled out next week. The rest of the bill, Mica said, will be introduced in the week after the July 4 recess, followed by a period for comment and public participation, and then a markup July 12.

Committee Chair John Mica (R-FL) just announced that he’ll be introducing the bill next Tuesday, with a markup scheduled for Wednesday. “This legislation will pass, I can guarantee you,” he said. He said it might not pass this session, but it will pass in the next 36 months.

Mica said he expects the final markup of the bill will be July 12, when the committee will send the bill to the full House for a vote.

Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for a bill to be introduced by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. They said three weeks ago that they’d be releasing it in two weeks.