House Passes SAFETEA-LU, FAA Extensions
Washington, D.C. - Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2887, the Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act of 2011. This legislation extends federal highway, transit, and highway safety programs, which would have expired at the end of September, through March 31, 2012. Furthermore, this bill continues funding levels for those programs at SAFETEA-LU levels, which is Alaska Congressman Don Young's Highway bill (the last long-term highway bill passed by Congress). Additionally, H.R. 2887 extends the FAA authorization, which would otherwise expire at the end of this week, through January 31, 2012.
"This is a good bill for Alaska," said Rep. Young. "Although I would rather see Congress end the political infighting and work together to pass long-term authorizations, this legislation provides for the stability that both the FAA and our nation's infrastructure require. As Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I was successful in passing a highway bill, SAFETEA-LU, which has allowed Alaska to build and invest in the type of infrastructure projects that are needed in order to be competitive in the 21st Century.
"While Alaska continues to benefit each time SAFETEA-LU is extended, I understand the frustration states have in trying to plan for future projects. That is why I remain committed to working with Chairman Mica on passing a long-term Highway bill that is both good for Alaska and the nation."
H.R. 2887 passed the House of Representatives unanimously by voice vote.