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Rep. Young Votes For Transportation Extension Act

Washington, D.C. - Alaskan Congressman Don Young voted yesSept. 23 on H.R. 3617 the Surface Transportation Extension Act.  This bill will provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs.  This bill passed by a vote of 335-85.

"This is only a temporary fix, but it needed to be done," said Rep. Young.  "The highway bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation this body has ever passed.  Transportation and infrastructure funding is a true economic stimulator and it needs to be a priority for us.  I commend my good friend, Chairman Oberstar, for his ambition and forethought in working on this bill and I ask my colleagues in both bodies of Congress to get this bill done as quickly and efficiently as possible."

In addition to extending all federal highway and transit programs for three months, this bill extends earmarked funding important to Alaska including:

·      $2,500,000 for the Alaska Ferry System
·      $7,500,000 for the Alaska Highway
·      $3,750,000 for the Denali Access System
·      $1,250,000 for the Denali Commission Waterfront Development:
·      $3,750,000 Alaska and Hawaii ferry system

All other constituent projects of interest originating in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, and slated for Alaska will be extended and given to the state via the Surface Transportation Program.  The extension authorized in H.R. 3617 will expire on December 31, 2009.

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