House Passes Transportation Bill


On March 10, 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3, the Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (TEA LU), by a vote of 417-9. As passed by the House, the bill authorizes a total of $503 million in funding for the Recreational Trails Program: $53, $70, $80, $90, $100 and $110 million for Fiscal Years 2004-2009. Funding for the National Scenic Byways Program increases from TEA-21 levels to $30, $40, $45, $55 (two years) and $60 million over the same time period. The legislation also authorizes funding – $3.5 million annually – for the America’s Byways Resource Center to provide technical support and conduct educational activities for local officials and organizations associated with National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads. Included in the bill as well is extension of expenditure authority for The Aquatic Resources Trust Fund (also known as Wallop-Breaux) through Fiscal Year 2009. The diversion to the General Fund of 4.8 cents per gallon of taxes used in motorboats and the nonbusiness use of small-engine outdoor power equipment is not extended, which should provide substantial additional resources for the Wallop-Breaux fund.

The action now moves to the Senate where the Committee on Environment and Public Works began its consideration of the bill on March 16th.

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