Mica’s Measurements: $230 Billion, Six Years

Early reports have spilled some of the beans on Rep. John Mica’s proposal for the next transportation reauthorization, which he’s rolling out for reporters in an hour. (Note that he’s still not formally introducing the bill and we’ll have no draft legislative text to pore over. With luck, he’ll at least give a timeline today for when that’s coming.)

Here’s what we’re hearing:

  • It’s a six-year bill, putting it immediately into conflict with the Senate’s two-year proposal.
  • It will allocate $35 billion a year, although that would make it a $210 billion bill over six years and most of the reports we’re seeing say $230 billion. Unclear where that extra $20 billion comes from, or if it’s an error.
  • The way we calculate this, it’s almost a 40 percent cut from existing levels. (SAFETEA-LU allocated $286 billion over five years, equaling $57.2 billion per year.) The Ryan budget had called for a 30 percent cut.
  • Rather than establish a national infrastructure bank, as called for by the president and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle (though mostly Democrats), Mica’s bill would bolster state infrastructure banks. Thirty-two states already have infrastructure banks.
  • Mica says he won’t raise TIFIA over and above Highway Trust Fund levels, as the Senate bill does.
  • Mica says he thinks private investment will fill in some of the gaps in what the government can fund.
  • Mica appears to feel hamstrung by the extreme fiscal conservatism that’s overtaken the House since the new class was sworn in in January. “Have you seen the votes on the floor,” he told reporters yesterday. “They would vote down a Mother’s Day resolution if it had extra spending. That is the climate we’re in.”

We’ll bring you more details following Mica’s briefing, as well as a press conference by Democrats with their response.

  • Anonymous

    This is insanity.

    When the teabaggers find out that THEIR district is getting a 40% highway cut I doubt this will last.

    Congress will probably pass another short-term extension of SAFETEA-LU and kick the can down the road.

  • 晓荔 陈

    vvCXL-???????????? ?????? ??? ???????????????????????????????????1???? ?????? ??? ?????????????????????????????? ?? 2013?????????????????????????? ?? ?????? ?? ????????????????????????????????

    If not so anxious that most people would choose foreign purchasing Louis Vuitton Bags.Put aside the different countries and regions of different shopping preferences,Louis Vuitton UK buy Cheap Louis Vuitton hand-selected to not much difference,coupled with the big emphasis on the Chinese market,a lot of style is already the world simultaneous release,so the price is only one factor argumentative.Yes ah,regardless of money or not,who would not want to save money too?Especially the hundreds of thousands,to the less louis vuitton outlet there are thousands of big luxury.

    louis vuitton outlet 2013 spring quarter Men bags series,fluorescent colors,traditional innovation,louis vuitton sale bags for men inject new vitality.Since the designer Kim Jones added to the luxury brand cheap louis vuitton later,such as louis vuitton outlet online the French veteran hit booster as being a brand new look,young fashion taste can be described as more and more intense.

    Cheap Louis Vuitton luggage advanced customization services,Louis Vuitton Handbags section where a custom color Haute,is a senior in Louis Vuitton UK means,and the most common in the fashion circle is Haute couture-haute couture.By the designer and fashion boutiques in Paris,louis vuitton outlet must be members of the Association accreditation,an association recognized by the designers just enjoy “haute couture designer” of the title,its haute couture fashion works in order to use the title,and is protected by law.

    louis vuitton sale 2013 summer series handbags extraordinarily colorful and romantic extraordinary in louis vuitton outlet store,sweet peach pink,temperament dark blue as the main colors,combined with artistic temperament canvas texture printing,filling the art.In addition to flowers outside printing,more classic louis vuitton outlet Logo embossed Logo embossed or similar color as a decoration,cheap louis vuitton filling the big luxury noble gas.

    ???????? 2013???????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????? ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????4??????????? ???????????? ????? ????????? ?????????????????

  • 晓荔 陈

    vvCXL-???????????? ?????? ??? ???????????????????????????????????1???? ?????? ??? ?????????????????????????????? ?? 2013?????????????????????????? ?? ?????? ?? ????????????????????????????????

    If not so anxious that most people would choose foreign purchasing Louis Vuitton Bags.Put aside the different countries and regions of different shopping preferences,Louis Vuitton UK buy Cheap Louis Vuitton hand-selected to not much difference,coupled with the big emphasis on the Chinese market,a lot of style is already the world simultaneous release,so the price is only one factor argumentative.Yes ah,regardless of money or not,who would not want to save money too?Especially the hundreds of thousands,to the less louis vuitton outlet there are thousands of big luxury.

    louis vuitton outlet 2013 spring quarter Men bags series,fluorescent colors,traditional innovation,louis vuitton sale bags for men inject new vitality.Since the designer Kim Jones added to the luxury brand cheap louis vuitton later,such as louis vuitton outlet online the French veteran hit booster as being a brand new look,young fashion taste can be described as more and more intense.

    Cheap Louis Vuitton luggage advanced customization services,Louis Vuitton Handbags section where a custom color Haute,is a senior in Louis Vuitton UK means,and the most common in the fashion circle is Haute couture-haute couture.By the designer and fashion boutiques in Paris,louis vuitton outlet must be members of the Association accreditation,an association recognized by the designers just enjoy “haute couture designer” of the title,its haute couture fashion works in order to use the title,and is protected by law.

    louis vuitton sale 2013 summer series handbags extraordinarily colorful and romantic extraordinary in louis vuitton outlet store,sweet peach pink,temperament dark blue as the main colors,combined with artistic temperament canvas texture printing,filling the art.In addition to flowers outside printing,more classic louis vuitton outlet Logo embossed Logo embossed or similar color as a decoration,cheap louis vuitton filling the big luxury noble gas.

    ???????? 2013???????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????? ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????4??????????? ???????????? ????? ????????? ?????????????????

  • 晓荔 陈

    vvCXL-???????????? ?????? ??? ???????????????????????????????????1???? ?????? ??? ?????????????????????????????? ?? 2013?????????????????????????? ?? ?????? ?? ????????????????????????????????

    If not so anxious that most people would choose foreign purchasing Louis Vuitton Bags.Put aside the different countries and regions of different shopping preferences,Louis Vuitton UK buy Cheap Louis Vuitton hand-selected to not much difference,coupled with the big emphasis on the Chinese market,a lot of style is already the world simultaneous release,so the price is only one factor argumentative.Yes ah,regardless of money or not,who would not want to save money too?Especially the hundreds of thousands,to the less louis vuitton outlet there are thousands of big luxury.

    louis vuitton outlet 2013 spring quarter Men bags series,fluorescent colors,traditional innovation,louis vuitton sale bags for men inject new vitality.Since the designer Kim Jones added to the luxury brand cheap louis vuitton later,such as louis vuitton outlet online the French veteran hit booster as being a brand new look,young fashion taste can be described as more and more intense.

    Cheap Louis Vuitton luggage advanced customization services,Louis Vuitton Handbags section where a custom color Haute,is a senior in Louis Vuitton UK means,and the most common in the fashion circle is Haute couture-haute couture.By the designer and fashion boutiques in Paris,louis vuitton outlet must be members of the Association accreditation,an association recognized by the designers just enjoy “haute couture designer” of the title,its haute couture fashion works in order to use the title,and is protected by law.

    louis vuitton sale 2013 summer series handbags extraordinarily colorful and romantic extraordinary in louis vuitton outlet store,sweet peach pink,temperament dark blue as the main colors,combined with artistic temperament canvas texture printing,filling the art.In addition to flowers outside printing,more classic louis vuitton outlet Logo embossed Logo embossed or similar color as a decoration,cheap louis vuitton filling the big luxury noble gas.

    ???????? 2013???????????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????? ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????4??????????? ???????????? ????? ????????? ?????????????????