Boxer Clarifies: Transportation Enhancements Will Remain in the Bill

We reported this morning that there seemed to be some distance between how Sen. Barbara Boxer understands the deal with Sen. Tom Coburn and how Coburn understands it. To clarify, Boxer just issued this statement:

There has been much discussion about plans for the Transportation Enhancements program in the upcoming surface transportation bill.  The Transportation Enhancements program will be included in the EPW Committee’s reauthorization proposal, with more flexibility granted to the states on the use of the funds within the TE program.

We look forward to the day when a bill is introduced, once and for all, and we can stop speculating about what is and what is not in it. Meanwhile, Boxer has been fighting like a mama bear to keep these important programs in the bill, and we salute her for that.

  • I’m glad to see someone in power not just champion the ideals I hold but effectively champion the ideals I hold.  I realize most people on any side feel this way, but it seems as though it’s always defeat after defeat; it feels good see a win.

  • Themathur

    Has anyone actually bothered to ask the States whether or not they would still continue to fund TE type projects if the Federal requirement were removed?

  • Rambo Transportation

    When will a Bill actually get done?  I suspect perhaps in mid to late 2013.  Election season will be in full force next spring/summer…no time for a petty transport bill. 

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