Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Logjam May Break on Reauthorization of TEA21

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Logjam May Break on Reauthorization of TEA21

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After months of starts and stops, the House and Senate finally appear to be reaching a consensus on the cost of a six-year bill to reauthorize the Transportation Equity Act, which allocates federal funding for trails, parks and recreation. At a conference committee meeting in late July, the House responded to a formal request from the Senate to consider adopting the Senate's $318 billion mark. The House countered with e proposal for a $299 billion bill, but there has been no public statement from the president that he would sign such a bill, and there is no certainty that the Senate would approve such an amount.

The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA21) expired last September and has been renewed five times in a series of short-term extensions while the House and Senate attempt to reconcile widely differing cost proposals for the bill. The Senate passed a bill, S. 1072, months ago that had an estimated cost of $318 billion over six years. …

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