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8-11-2014 Federal Transportation Briefing

Congress is effectively observing the annual “August recess,” which is scheduled to run through Sept. 8.

Highway Trust Fund shortfall
On August 8, President Obama signed HR 5021 to replenish the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and extend MAP-21 to May 31, 2015. The action came a few days after US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx notified state DOT directors that the cash management procedures he had previously outlined would not be necessary. Congress passed the measure, which averted a shortfall by transferring $10.8 billion from the general fund into the HTF, on July 31.
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Funding/authorization expiration dates:
Sept. 30, 2014 – transportation appropriations (HR 3547, T-HUD)
Sept. 30, 2019 - water resource and development programs (WRRDA of 2014)
Sept. 30, 2013 - passenger rail and freight safety programs (PRIIA of 2008)
May 31, 2015 - surface transportation programs (MAP-21)
Sept. 30, 2015 - aviation programs (Air Transportation Modernization & Safety Improvement Act, 2012)

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