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Panel moves ahead with Oberstar’s transportation bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Highways and Transit Subcommittee will plow forward today with a markup of Rep.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Highways and Transit Subcommittee will plow forward today with a markup of Rep. Jim Oberstar’s massive transportation authorization bill.

Oberstar unveiled the six-year, $500 billion measure last week just as the administration called for an 18-month extension of the existing law.

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, who chairs the subcommittee, continued to call the administration’s suggested approach “unacceptable” during opening statements today.

DeFazio said that delay would allow for continued deterioration of the nation’s transportation network as well as a loss of millions of jobs.

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“This is a national crisis,” DeFazio said. “How come we have a transportation system that they [the administration] don’t think is too big to fail? Because fail us it will.”

Despite the administration’s stance, the committee is aiming to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote by next month.