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					                         June 2004 Monthly Report for MTC

To:            Steve Heminger, Executive Director
               MTC

From:          Tom Bulger, President
               GRI

Re:            Monthly Report for June 2004

Date:          June 30, 2004


     Summary of Monthly Activities
     Conferees Meet, Nothing Substantial Decided
     Conferees Criticize Each Other
     Congress passes 1-month extension of TEA 21
     House Subcommittee Holds Transit Security Hearing
     House and Senate FY05 Homeland Security Appropriations Bills
     Transportation Appropriations Most Likely Part of Omnibus
     Senate Faces Appropriations Bills Without Budget Resolution
     FY 05 Appropriations Bills Progress
     GAO Study: New Starts Funding
     Lipinski to Retire Soon
     TEA 21 Reauthorization Conference Committee: Jurisdiction of Sections



                                  Monthly Activities

In June, we continued to work with the House-Senate reauthorization conference
committee members on a variety of issues. This has been complicated by the fact that the
TEA 21 reauthorization conference has been challenging due to the lack of an overall
funding level for the legislation. Therefore, very little progress has been made by the
Conference Committee.

We attended the House-Senate reauthorization conference committee meetings in June.
At the first meeting opening statements were delivered and were cut short due to
President Reagan’s funeral. At the June 23rd conference committee the Senate made the
House a funding proposal of $318 billion, the Senate’s overall funding level. The next
meeting of the Conference Committee is set for July 7th.

We met with Peter Rogoff, minority clerk of the Senate Transportation Appropriations
Subcommittee on June 18th. Mr. Rogoff explained that the FY05 transportation
appropriations process is very much in flux. This is due to the lack of an FY 2005 budget
in the Senate, the condition of the TEA 21 reauthorization legislation and debating
transportation spending at the same time with the rest of the domestic spending priorities.
This latter possibility plays into the White House strategy of fiscal constraint to solidify
the Republican conservative base. Finally, Mr. Rogoff could not predict when or how the
Senate transportation appropriations bill would get done.

During the month we continued to work with Senator Boxer and Congresswoman
Tauscher’s office on the bridge toll exemption. Because there as been so little progress
on the TEA 21 reauthorization the bridge toll exemption has not been addressed.
Because of this we have just recently began the process of sorting through how we could
again use the FY 2005 transportation bill as a legislative vehicle.

We continued to participate in the tolling consortium as well as APTA’s newly organized
tolling working group. The opponents of broadened tolling authority released their views
late in the month. This group is primarily led by the trucking industry that feels that
additional costs like tolls will adversely affect their bottom line.

In June, we assisted AMPO with legislative coverage while the staff attended a board
retreat in Vermont. Only one legislative item needed attention having to do with when
states reimburse MPO’s for federal planning costs. This issue was agreed to by the
House-Senate conferees at their June 23rd meeting. The agreement is as follows:
        Senate recedes to the House (§ 1816) with a modification.
        Add the following language to 104 (f)(4)

       "(A) A state shall reimburse funds to each metropolitan planning organization
       within 30 days of receipt of a request for reimbursement by a metropolitan
       planning organization."
       Provision would require states pay MPOs within 30 days of receipt of funds from
       USDOT.


                     Conferees Meet, Nothing Substantial Decided

The conferees for the TEA 21 reauthorization conference held their second meeting on
June 23, during which the funding level of the bill received some discussion. House
Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) offered a proposal to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-
TN) to write a bill at $275 billion. Conference Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) rejected
the proposal and then made the suggestion that the Senate should offer the House a
counteroffer to write the bill at $318 billion. Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) made a motion to
introduce the counteroffer and the Senate conferees agreed to it 17-1. Senator Nickles
(R-OK) voted against the motion and Senator McCain (R-AZ), Senator Lott (R-MS), and
Senator McConnell (R-KY) were absent from the vote. The House has until the next
conference meeting on July 7, to respond to the proposal, however, House Transportation
and Infrastructure Chairman Don Young (R-AK) indicated that he might have an answer
before that date.




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The conferees agreed to forty-two provisions almost verbatim from a list the staffs
prepared for them. Unfortunately, the provisions agreed to barely scratch the surface of
the bill. Without an agreed to funding level the staffs have been prohibited from
negotiating monetary issues, which also negates many significant policy areas from being
discussed. During the meeting, Chairman Young said that he felt the conferees were
making strides and that after the July 4 recess he hopes to have the “amber light” to move
ahead with the bill. Members of Congress left town June 25, for their July 4 break and
will return on July 6. However, staffs of conferees have an ambitious and tedious
schedule of meetings laid out every day during recess. Many have expressed frustration
with the meetings because they do not deal with the issues that matter most to conferees.

There is still much speculation over whether a bill will be passed before the November
elections. It will be interesting to see how the House responds to the Senate’s
counteroffer to work on a bill with a $318 billion funding level. If a funding level can be
agreed to between the two chambers then Young may have his “amber light”. However,
the outlook is bleak. Some sources have said this second meeting may have been the last
substantial one for the year, and to expect a much longer extension after the next one
expires at the end of July. If there is no bill by the end of July, an extension to carry the
bill well into the next fiscal year will likely be passed.

Also of note, on March 22, DOT Secretary Norm Mineta sent the conferees a letter
stating that the administration remains adamant in its opposition to the funding levels in
both the House and Senate bills. Mineta also expressed his concern over various
provisions including Amtrak, private activity bonds, environmental streamlining and
small starts.

We have also had discussions with people close to the Bush campaign who believe that
the President Bush will not budge. The President truly believes that if this bill passes at
above $256 billion, his base conservatives will not come out and vote. This viewpoint
leaves very little room for negotiations.


                             Conferees Criticize Each Other

The day after the conferees held their second meeting, words flew among some Senators
and House Members. Up to this point, most of the conferees’ sentiments towards the
conference had been kept from the public. However, after the Senate made the House the
offer to pass a bill with the $318 billion price tag, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay
(R-TX) released a statement. DeLay criticized the Senate conferees for sticking to their
$318 billion funding level, rather than offering a compromise number. DeLay said,
“Instead of creating a fiscally responsible highway bill, the Senate is using it as a slush
fund to rob other programs and raise taxes.”

Senator Inhofe, chair of the conference, quickly responded with a statement of his own.
Inhofe said, “Having just read the news release of my dear friend of 18 years, I have
concluded that he has not read the Senate reauthorization bill. In his five-paragraph



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release, not one of his statements is true, not one.” Inhofe also refuted DeLay’s
assertions that the Senate bill contains “fuzzy math”, tax increases, and “pork”.

Shortly after Inhofe’s release, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), Senate Finance
Chairman, came out with a statement saying, “Let’s look at the bottom line. The House
highway bill provides an insufficient level of funding for the surface transportation
program and contributes $10 billion more to the deficit than the Senate bill.”

This week while Members are on recess, staff members will continue to work on the bill.
However, House Members will also be doing quite a bit of behind the scenes work as
they decide how to respond to the Senate’s proposal. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s
(R-IL) staff this week is still saying that the Speaker will only support a bill that the
President can sign—which means a bill that does not cost more than $256 or $275 billion.

Also supporting Hastert’s position (besides DeLay) is House Ways and Means Chairman
Bill Thomas (R-CA) and Senate Budget Chairman Don Nickles (R-OK). Thomas and
Nickles agree with Hastert and DeLay that the Senate’ $318 billion bill is not fully paid
for. Thomas has pointed out that many of the offsets used in the Senate’s bill are also
used in the JOBS and corporate tax bills. If one of those bills is passed before the
highway bill, a likely possibility, then new offsets will have to be found for the
transportation bill.

The funding level for the bill has been a source of major contention in Congress since the
bill was in its early stages. A solution and/or compromise is not going to come easily.


                    Congress Passes 1-Month Extension of TEA 21

Congress passed a one-month extension of current TEA 21 law before they left for the
July 4 recess. This is the fourth extension and it will carry through July 31; Congress
leaves July 23 for August recess. The House passed their clean extension bill, HR 4635,
with a vote of 418 to 0. The Senate approved their bill by unanimous consent.

This may be the last short term extension of the bill. Senate Majority leader Frist (R-TN)
was hoping for a three-month extension to finish the fiscal year, however, Senator Inhofe
insisted upon a one-month extension. Passing extensions in the Senate is difficult because
one Senator can hold up the process. Senate extensions are passed under a unanimous
consent vote, which must have the consent of the entire Senate. Therefore, a Senator can
hold up a vote for any particular reason he feels like. It will be tough for Senate
Democrats to resist an opportunity to grandstand when this extension expires over issues
that may have nothing to do with transportation, with the approaching election. Senate
Republicans will not want to give Democrats another opportunity like this as the election
draws closer.




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Thus by July 23, either a long term extension past the election will be passed, or a short
one will be with the understanding that the larger 6 year bill will be passed before the
new extension expires.


                House Subcommittee Holds Transit Security Hearing

On June 22, we attended a House Highways, Transit and Pipelines subcommittee hearing,
which was held to examine the security needs, and vulnerabilities facing the nation’s
public transit systems.

“Forty-two percent of all terrorist attacks over the last ten years have been carried out on
rail systems and buses,” said Subcommittee Chairman Thomas Petri (R-WI) during the
hearing. Public transit is seen as vulnerable to terrorist attacks because it is an open
system, with many stops and transfer points, and high concentrations of people.

Since September 11th, billions of dollars have been invested in transportation security, yet
transit security has been largely overlooked. It was reported that in FY03 and FY04 the
government spent $115 million on transit security grants as compared to the $11 billion
spent on aviation security in FY02 and FY03. On average the government invests half a
cent per passenger on transit security, while it spends $9 per person on aviation security.
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Deputy Administrator Robert Jamison testified that
transit carries as many passengers in two weeks as Amtrak does in one year.

Bill Millar, American Public Transportation Association (APTA) President, testified that
over $1.7 billion has been spent on transit security measures by transit authorities since
9/11, and a recent survey identified that $6 billion more is needed to meet transit security
needs. Millar argued for additional funding for transit security, as 16 times more
Americans ride public transportation each day than travel on airplanes.

The Transit Security Administration (which is part of the Department of Homeland
Security-DHS), other offices within DHS, and the FTA all have responsibilities in the
implementation and oversight of transportation security. However, each office’s specific
duties are not clearly identified. Witnesses from the FTA and TSA testified that meetings
have been held to address this problem and that a memo will be produced shortly that will
clearly outline each office’s respective responsibilities.

The House subcommittee will most likely introduce a transit security bill in the near
future. The recent rail attack in Madrid has given this issue recent urgency in Congress.
Last month the Senate introduced “The Public Transportation Terrorism Act” which
would authorize $5.2 billion over three years to increase security measures on transit.
The House has already introduced a bill for increased security measures on passenger rail
and freight rail systems.




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          House and Senate FY05 Homeland Security Appropriations Bills

On June 18, the House passed the FY05 Homeland Security appropriations bill. The bill
(H.R. 4567) provides the Department of Homeland Security with $32 billion. The day
before, June 17, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved their FY05
Homeland Security appropriations bill.

The House bill is $2.8 billion above the FY04 bill, however, Project Bioshield takes up
$1.6 billion of the increase. The Homeland Security subcommittee says the bill is only
$1.1 billion above FY04 for discretionary programs. The bill provides $5.05 billion for
TSA, and aviation security receives $4.52 billion of that money. Under TSA Maritime
and Land Security activities, Intercity Bus Security receives $10 million and Rail
Security Demonstrations receive $11 million. These two program areas receive
additional funds under the high-density urban areas grant program. The bill does not
provide money for the Highway Watch program, since TSA has yet to spend the funds
from last year.

In the House bill, the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and
Preparation receives $4.08 billion, which is $52 million more than last year. This is the
office, which funds first responders. State and local programs receive $3.4 billion of the
bulk $4.08 billion amount. The formula grants (aka first responder grants which are part
of the state and local programs section of the bill) are funded at $1.25 billion. The bill
includes language that says formula grant applications must be given to states within 45
days of the law’s enactment, states then have 30 days to apply for the grants, and the
Department of Homeland Security must act within 15 days of receiving the application.
The House bill also includes language requiring states to obligate at least 80 percent of
each formula grant amount to local governments within 60 days of receipt of the funds.
The bill also provides $1 billion in discretionary grants for urban areas, $100 million of
which is for rail and transit security grants.

The Senate bill (S.2537) shares the same price tag as the House bill, yet there are
differences. It too increases spending for TSA, although the amount it proposes is $121
million more than the House bill. The Office of State and Local government
Coordination and Preparedness is provided $3.75 billion in the Senate bill, $365 million
less than the House’s number—with the Senate bill giving less funding for first
responders. The Senate bill provides $50 million more in firefighter assistance grants and
$25 million more for port security as compared to the House bill. The office of
Emergency Preparedness and Response would receive $243 million more under the
Senate’s bill.

Below is a brief comparison table of the two bills:

Section of Bill                  House FY05 Passed Bill        Senate FY05 Pending Bill
Aviation Security                $4,270,564,000                $4,386,083,000
     (Passenger Screening            $2,016,814,000                $2,076,733,000)
     (Baggage Screening              $1,406,460,000                $1,437,460,000)
Maritime and Land Security       $65,000,000                   $55,000,000


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Section of Bill                        House FY05 Passed Bill      Senate FY05 Pending Bill
     (Intercity Bus Security               $10,000,000                 $0**)
     (Rail Security Demonstrations         $11,000,000                 $15,000,000)
Office for State and Local Gov.        $4,125,332,000              $3,760,081,000
    (Formula Based Grants                  $1,250,000,000              $970,000,000)
    (High-threat, high density
     discretionary urban areas grant      $1,000,000,000                 $870,000,000)
          ((rail and transit security          $100,000,000                  $150,000,000))
     (Firefighter assistance grants       $650,000,000                   $700,000,000)
Office of Emergency
 Preparedness and Response            $5,426,596,000                $5,648,216,000
**Note, the Senate bill provides $10,000,000 for Intercity Bus Security under Urban area security
initiative grants.


              Transportation Appropriations Most Likely Part of Omnibus

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Young (R-FL) announced a plan to put
most appropriations bills into a massive omnibus bill. The transportation bill will likely
be in the omnibus. With a shortened congressional schedule, Young does not think it is
possible to pass all thirteen appropriations bills individually before the start of the fiscal
year. The Senate is further behind in the process than the House because Appropriations
Chairman Ted Stevens (R-AK) was waiting to see if the Senate would pass a Budget
Resolution.

Young has set the goal to have all bills passed before July 23, when Congress leaves for
August recess. Young then plans to roll most if not all bills into an omnibus for the
conference with the Senate.


              Senate Faces Appropriations Bills without Budget Resolution

The Senate still has not passed an FY05 Budget Resolution, and it most likely will not
this year. Facing this reality, Senate Appropriations Chairman Ted Stevens (R-AK) has
decided to move ahead with the FY 2005 appropriations bills. At this point all signs point
to an omnibus bill.

Without a Budget Resolution, the Senate will not have an agreed to spending cap.
Therefore, Senate Banking Chairman Don Nickles (R-OK) has advocated for the bills to
be bundled into an omnibus bill as a way to control spending increases for each
appropriations bill. Although, the Senate will need a figure to work with, so they will
have to accept last year’s discretionary spending number of $814 billion.

If the appropriations bills were to be debated one at a time, it would be easy for Senators
to increase the spending for each bill because the only way Nickles or Stevens could
bring a point of order against a bill would be if it exceeded $814 billion. A point of order
can be raised by a Member of Congress if a proposed spending bill exceeds the amount


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agreed to in the passed Budget Resolution. While the Senate will be forced to agree that
$814 billion is the number for the total FY05 discretionary spending, there will be no
agreement to spending caps for each appropriations bill. Nickles and Stevens worry that
if each bill has increased spending, then the final bill could be severely jeopardized as it
could bring the cumulative discretionary spending over the $814 billion cap and thus be
subject to cuts.

With one large bill or a few packages of bills it will be easier to control the spending. In
the end, as even Nickles and Stevens have conceded, the omnibus bill presented in the
Senate will most likely be higher than the $814 spending cap. However, raising a point
of order against one large bill is safer than the alternative outlined above. Most likely the
final discretionary spending number agreed to in a bicameral budget resolution will be
closer to the House’s $821 billion number.

Although many lawmakers dislike omnibus bills because oftentimes discreet provisions
are hidden in the thousands of pages, Nickles and Stevens seem to think it is the only path
for this year. On a positive note, both lawmakers have talked about passing the bill or
bills before October 1, the beginning of the 2005 Fiscal Year. Nickles, who has been
advocating for one large bill, would like it to be ready for floor debate in the last weeks
of July. Stevens has said putting two, three and four bills together at a time may be
another viable route for passage of the bills before the October 1 “deadline”.


                          FY 05 Appropriations Bills Progress

During the past weeks, the House and Senate began to mark up and consider several
appropriations bills. The Senate has been more tentative with their movement on the bills
because Appropriations Chairman Ted Stevens (R-AK) had been waiting to see if the
Senate would pass a Budget Resolution. Stevens was also waiting for the Defense
authorization bill to be passed before work began on the FY05 defense appropriations.
Below is a chart of the bills’ movement:


Appropriations Bill             House (expected) Progress      Senate (expected) Progress

Agriculture                     Full Committee approval 6/23
Commerce, Justice, State, and
Judiciary                       Full Committee approval 6/23

Defense                         House approval 6/22            House approval 6/24

District of Columbia

Energy and Water                House approval 6/25

Foreign Operations              Subcommittee markup 6/23




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Appropriations Bill             House (expected) Progress      Senate (expected) Progress

Homeland Security               House approval 6/18            Full Committee approval 6/17

Interior                        House approval 6/17            Subcommittee markup 6/23

Labor, HHS, and Education

Legislative                     Full Committee approval 6/23   Subcommittee markup 6/23

Military Construction

Transportation and Treasury

VA, HUD


                              GAO Study: New Starts Funding

Our office recently obtained a General Accounting Office (GAO) study that assessed the
New Starts process for Fiscal Year 2005. For FY05 the Federal Transit Administration
(FTA) evaluated 38 projects, rated 29, and proposed funding for seven projects. Two of
the seven projects were not recommended for Full Funding Grant Agreements (FFGAs),
but were recommended to be appropriated a total of $50 million for FY05. The GAO
found that the FTA did not explain how it determined that these two projects should
receive funding outside of FFGAs or how a project sponsor might qualify to receive such
a recommendation.

The other finding GAO noted in its study was that after Congress recommended in the
FY04 appropriations report to favor projects seeking a federal share of no more than 60
percent, the FTA only awarded FFGAs to projects asking for that amount or less. The
law allows projects to seek up to 80 percent of federal New Starts funds. GAO
questioned whether this “recommendation” has become an absolute policy, since any
projects that asked for more than a 60 percent share were not recommended for an FFGA.
The FTA has agreed to describe their policy as a “general preference” in their next report,
thus leaving room for a project to be granted more than 60 percent (although this would
be the exception, not the norm).

The study also found that the 26 current projects with FFGAs have not received their
funds as scheduled. Yet, all completed projects have received the full amount authorized,
just not on schedule. As of March 2004, the 26 existing projects had received a total of
$249 million, which is 5 percent less than what was planned in the original FFGAs
schedules.




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                                 Lipinski to Retire Soon

Congressman Bill Lipinski (D-IL), the third ranking Democrat on the Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee, is expected to announce his retirement shortly. However, he
has confirmed that he will not do so until the transportation bill is either complete or well
on its way to being finished.

Lipinski is the Ranking Member of the Highways, Transit and Pipelines subcommittee.
The understanding is once the highway and transit bill is complete he will be gone.
However, it is unclear what he will do if Congress does not pass the bill before
November. There has also been speculation that he may retire before November.

Lipinski would like his successor to be his son, Daniel Lipinski, who is a professor at the
University of Tennessee. Reportedly, his son has taken a leave of absence in order to
establish residency in Illinois. Though, there are others who are eyeing the seat as well.
The third district of Illinois that Lipinski represents is a sound Democratic area. Lipinski
is expected to work as a consultant after he retires.


     TEA 21 Reauthorization Conference Committee: Jurisdiction of Sections

When the House leadership named the conferees for the reauthorization of TEA 21
conference committee, they included several Members from committees besides the
Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee and Ways and Means Committee. In
writing TEA LU, the T&I Committee and the Ways and Means Committee bore most of
the responsibility. However, in the conference committee not only will these two
committees have jurisdiction over portions of the bill, but also the: Budget, Education
and the Workforce, Energy and Commerce, Government Reform, Judiciary, Resources,
Rules and Science Committees will play a role. The chart in this memo lays out the
Committees and Members who have been named to participate in the conference and the
sections of the bill they will have responsibility over.

To review the titles of TEA LU and SAFETEA are:

TEA LU

Title I        Federal-Aid Highways (Sections 1101-1831)
Title II       Highway Safety (Sections 2001-2011)
Title III      Federal Transit Programs (Sections 3001-3044)
Title IV       Motor Carrier Transportation and Safety (Sections 4101-4212)
Title V        Transportation Research and Education (Sections 5101-5611)
Title VI       Transportation Planning and Project Delivery (Sections 6001-6004)
Title VII      Hazardous Materials Transportation (Sections 7001-7027)
Title VIII     Transportation Discretionary Spending Guarantee (Sections 8001-8005)
Title IX       Tax Provisions (Sections 9000-9603)
Title X        Rail Provisions (Sections 10001-10002)



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     SAFETEA

     Title I         Federal-Aid Highways (Sections 1101-1905)
     Title II        Transportation Research (Sections 2001-2201)
     Title III       Public Transportation (Sections 3001-3045)
     Title IV        Surface Transportation Safety (Sections 4101-4662)
     Title V         Highway Reauthorization and Excise Tax Simplification (Sec. 5001-5694)
     Title VI        Transportation Discretionary Spending and Budget Offsets (Sec. 6101-6103)
     Title VII       Miscellaneous Provisions
     Title VIII      Solid Waste Disposal (Sections 8001-8002)


Committee              Section                   Language                       Members
Transportation and     TEALU: All titles but     Entire bill except: Tax        Young (AK), Petri,
Infrastructure         Title IX                  Provisions                     Boehlert, Coble, Duncan,
                                                                                Mica, Hoekstra, Ehlers,
                                                                                Bachus, LaTourette, Gary
                                                                                Miller, Rehberg, Beauprez,
                                                                                Oberstar, Rahall, Lipinski,
                                                                                DeFazio, Costello, Norton,
                                                                                Nadler, Mendez, Corrine
                                                                                Brown, Filner, EB Johnson
                       SAFETEA: All titles but   Entire bill except: Highway
                       Title V                   Reauthorization & Excise
                                                 Tax Simplification
Ways and Means         TEALU: Title IX           Tax Provisions                 Thomas
                       SAFETEA: Title V          Highway Reauthorization &      McCrery
                                                 Excise Tax Simplification      Rangel
Budget                 TEALU: Sec. 8001-8003     Transportation Discretionary   Nussle
                                                 Spending Guarantee             Shays
                                                                                Spratt

                       SAFETEA: Title V          Transportation Discretionary
                                                 Spending and Budget Offsets
Education and the      TEALU: Sec. 1602          State Infrastructure Banks     Ballenger
Workforce              TEALU: Sec. 3030          Employee Protective            Biggert
                                                 Arrangements (under Transit    George Miller (CA)
                                                 Title)
                       SAFETEA: Sec 1306         State Infrastructure Banks
                       SAFETEA: Sec 3013         Formula Grants for other
                                                 than urbanized areas
                       SAFETEA: Sec 3032         Employee Protective
                                                 Arrangements
                       SAFETEA: Sec 4632         Capital Grants for Railroad
                                                 Track




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Committee             Section                 Language                        Members
Energy and Commerce   TEALU: Sec 6001         Transportation Planning         Barton
                      SAFETEA: Sec 3005-      Metropolitan Transportation     Pickering
                      3006                    Planning, Statewide             Dingell
                                              Transportation Planning
                                              (relating to Clean Air
                                              provisions)
                      TEALU: Sec 1202         Transportation Systems
                                              Management and Operations
                      TEALU: Sec 1824         Transportation Conformity
                      TEALU: Sec 1828         Advanced Truck Stop
                                              Electrification System
                      TEALU: Sec 5203         Surface Transportation
                                              Environment and Planning
                                              Cooperative Research
                      SAFETEA: Sec 1501       Integration of Natural
                                              Resource Concerns into state
                                              and Metropolitan Planning
                      SAFETEA: Sec 1511       Transportation Project
                                              Development Process
                      SAFETEA: Sec 1522       Planning Capacity Building
                                              Initiative
                      SAFETEA: Sec 1610-      CMAQ and air quality
                      1619                    provisions
                      SAFETEA: Sec 3016       National Research Programs
                      SAFETEA: Sec 3023       Specific Provisions for
                                              Capital Projects
                      SAFETEA: Sec 4108       Emergency Medical Services
                      SAFETEA: Sec 4151-52,   Specific Vehicle Safety
                      Sec 4155-59, Sec 4162   Related Rulings: including
                                              15 passenger vans, seatbelt
                                              use reminders, vehicle
                                              backover avoidance, safety
                                              criteria for tires
                      SAFETEA: Sec 4172-73    Amendment of Automobile
                                              Information Disclosure Act;
                                              Child Safety
                      SAFETEA: Sec 4424       Limitation on Issuance of
                                              HAZMAT licenses
                      SAFETEA: Sec 4481-82,   Sanitary Food Transportation
                      4484
                      SAFETEA: Sec 4662       Use of CMAQ funds for
                                              Boston to Portland Passenger
                                              Rail Service
                      SAFETEA: Sec 8001       Increased use of recovered
                                              mineral component in
                                              federally funded projects
                                              involving procurement of
                                              cement or concrete
                      SAFETEA: Sec 8002       Use of granular mine tailings




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Committee           Section                     Language                         Members
Government Reform   SAFETEA: Sec 1802           Stewardship and Oversight        Tom Davis (VA)
                                                of Environmental Planning        Schrock
                                                and Review, Transportation       Waxman
                                                Planning
Judiciary           TEALU: Sec 1105             Project approval and             Sensenbrenner
                                                oversight - Federal Highways     Smith
                    TEALU: Sec 1207             Congestion Relief – state        Texas
                                                assumption of responsibilities   Conyers
                                                for certain projects and
                                                programs
                    TEALU: Sec 1602             Finance - State infrastructure
                                                banks
                    TEALU: Sec 1812             Federal Highways -
                                                Technical adjustment
                    TEALU: Sec 2011             Drug Impaired Driving
                                                Enforcement
                    TEALU: Sec 3023             Federal Transit- General
                                                Provisions on Assistance
                    TEALU: Sec 4105             Motor Carrier Safety: Hobbs
                                                Act
                    TEALU: Sec 4108             Increased penalties for out-
                                                of-service violations and
                                                false records
                    TEALU: Sec 4201-02,         Household Goods
                    4204                        Transportation
                    TEALU: Sec 5209             Future Strategic Highway
                                                Research Program
                    TEALU: Sec 5501             Bureau of Transportation
                                                Statistics
                    TEALU: Sec 6001             Transportation Planning
                    TEALU: Sec 6002             Efficient Environmental
                                                Reviews for Project Decision
                                                Making
                    TEALU: Sec 7012, Sec        Hazardous Material
                    7019-22, 7024               Transportation:
                                                unsatisfactory safety rating,
                                                enforcement, civil penalty,
                                                criminal penalty, judicial
                                                review
                    SAFETEA: Sec 1512           Environmental Planning and
                                                Review: assumption of
                                                responsibility of categorical
                                                exclusions
                    SAFETEA: Sec 1513           Surface Transportation
                                                Project Delivery Pilot
                                                Program
                    SAFETEA: Sec 1802           Transportation Planning:
                                                Stewardship and Oversight
                    SAFETEA: Sec 3006           Statewide Transportation
                                                Planning




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Committee   Section                     Language                        Members
            SAFETEA: Sec 3022           Public Transportation:
                                        General provisions on
                                        assistance
            SAFETEA: Sec 3030           Terrorist Attacks and other
                                        acts of violence against
                                        public transportation systems
            SAFETEA: Sec 4104           Highway Safety Research
                                        and Outreach Programs
            SAFETEA:   Sec 4110         Impaired Driving Program
            SAFETEA:   Sec 4174         Safe Intersections
            SAFETEA:   Sec 4226         Hobbs Act
            SAFETEA:   Sec 4231         Increased penalties for out-
                                        of-service violations and
                                        false records
            SAFETEA: Sec 4234           Authority to stop
                                        commercial motor vehicles
            SAFETEA: Sec 4265           Registration of motor
                                        carriers by state
            SAFETEA: Sec 4307           Dispute settlement for
                                        shipments of household
                                        goods
            SAFETEA: Sec 4308,          Enforcement of regulations
            4315                        related to transportation of
                                        household goods, civil and
                                        criminal penalties
            SAFETEA: Sec 4424           Limitation on Issuance of
                                        HAZMAT licenses
            SAFETEA: Sec 4432,          Hazardous Material
            4440-42, 4445, 4447         Transportation:
                                        unsatisfactory safety rating,
                                        enforcement, civil penalty,
                                        criminal penalty, judicial
                                        review
            SAFETEA: Sec 4462-63        Mail ability of Hazardous
                                        Materials, Criminal Matters
            SAFETEA: Sec 4633           Capital Grants for Railroad
                                        Track: Regulations
            SAFETEA: Sec 4661           Capital Grants for Rail Line
                                        relocation projects
Resources   TEALU: Sec 1117             Federal Highways:               Pombo
                                        Recreational Trails             Gibbons
            TEALU: Sec 3021             Transit in the Parks Pilot      Kind
                                        Program
            TEALU: Sec 6002             Efficient Environmental
                                        Reviews for Project Decision
                                        Making
            TEALU: Sec 6003             Policy on Historic Sties
            SAFETEA: Sec 1501           Integration of Natural
                                        Resource Concerns into state
                                        and metropolitan
                                        transportation planning




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Committee   Section                     Language                        Members
            SAFETEA: Sec 1502           Consultation between
                                        transportation agencies and
                                        resource agencies in
                                        transportation planning
            SAFETEA: Sec 1505           Transportation Planning:
                                        Project Mitigation
            SAFETEA: Sec 1511           Transportation Project
                                        Development Process
            SAFETEA: Sec 1514           Parks, Recreation areas,
                                        wildlife and waterfowl
                                        refuges, and historic sites
            SAFETEA: Sec 1601
            SAFETEA: Sec 1603           Recreational Trails Program
            SAFETEA: Sec 3041           Alternative Transportation in
                                        Parks and Public Lands
            SAFETEA: Sec 4521-28        Federal Aid in Sport Fish
                                        Restoration Act
                                        Amendments
            TEALU: Sec 8004-05          Transportation Discretionary
                                        Spending Guarantee:
                                        enforcement of guarantee,
                                        transfer of federal transit
                                        administrative expenses
Rules       TEALU: Sec 2001             Highway Safety:                 Dreier
                                        Authorization of                Sessions
                                        Appropriations                  Frost
Science     TEALU: Sec 3013             Federal Transit Programs:       Gilchrest
                                        Research, Development,          Neugebauer
                                        Demonstration ad                Gordon
                                        Deployment
            TEALU: Sec 3015             National Research and
                                        Technology Programs
            TEALU: Sec 3034             Federal Transit Programs:
                                        Authorizations
            TEALU: Sec 4112             Motor Carrier Research and
                                        Technology Program
            TEALU: Title V              Transportation Research and
                                        Education
            TEALU: Title II             Highway Safety
            SAFETEA: Sec 3014-15        Federal Transit Programs:
                                        Research, Development,
                                        Demonstration and
                                        Deployment, Transit
                                        Cooperative Research
                                        Program
            SAFETEA: Sec 3037           Federal Transit Programs:
                                        Authorizations
            SAFETEA: Sec 4102           Highway Safety:
                                        Authorization and
                                        Appropriations
            SAFETEA: Sec 4104           Highway Safety Research
                                        and Outreach Programs



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Committee   Section                  Language                       Members
            SAFETEA: Sec 4237        Motor Carrier Research and
                                     Technology Program
            SAFETEA: Sec 4461        Administrative Authority for
                                     Research and Special
                                     Programs Administration




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