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Senate Commerce Schedules Highway Hearing

May 28, 2014

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Work on the highway bill continues next week with a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on safety policy.

The Subcommittee on Surface Transportation will convene Tuesday June 3 to take testimony on “The Safety and Effectiveness of our Transportation Systems.” Witnesses have not yet been named.

The Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over the truck safety portion of the highway bill. It reviews Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules such as electronic logging and hours of service.

The Environment and Public Works Committee already has reported out the general policy portion of the bill, a six-year program that builds on reforms already in place and calls for continuation of current funding levels plus an adjustment for inflation.

Still pending on the Senate side is legislation by the Finance Committee to pay for the next highway program.

In the House, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has said he intends to have a proposal ready by summer. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the Ways and Means Committee has suggested corporate tax reform as a source of funding but hearings have not been scheduled.

The current highway program ends September 30, although funding will dry up in late July or early August unless Congress finds a way to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

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