Senate Overwhelmingly Passes
Highway Technical Corrections Bill
WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the
Environment & Public Works Committee, welcomed the Senate’s overwhelming
passage of the Highway Technical Corrections Bill, HR 1195 by a vote of 88-2.
The bill now goes back to the House of Representatives for further
the transportation needs of our country is one of the most important
responsibilities of the federal government,” Senator Inhofe said. “In 2005, President Bush signed into law the
highway bill that went a long way to ensuring that our nation has a safe,
modern national transportation infrastructure system, one that is vital for
economic growth. The legislation we passed today with overwhelming bi-partisan
support includes recommended technical changes to the 2005 highway bill from
the Department of Transportation that address the functional problems in
implementing the bill.
“The 2005 highway bill was a historic victory for Oklahoma. I am grateful to have worked
with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to make three small, but
necessary, corrections to the highway bill for Oklahoma. Doing so will now allow these
projects to get underway as soon as possible.
“As the ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works
Committee, I congratulate my colleagues on the EPW Committee for coming
together once again to pass important transportation legislation. It is my hope
that this tradition of working closely together will continue as we set our
sights on the next highway bill, scheduled to be reauthorized in 2009."
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation
into law August 10, 2005, authorized $286.5 billion in transportation
infrastructure spending for fiscal years 2005 to 2009. As one of the largest
non-Defense discretionary bills to move through Congress, it is not unusual to
revisit a bill after the fact to make technical corrections to address problems
in implementation, misidentified project authorizations, and minor drafting
errors. Included in this bill are recommended technical changes from the Department
of Transportation that address the functional problems in implementing the
bill; technical changes to SAFETEA projects which will continue to be delayed
from breaking ground due to simple drafting errors in their
description. Furthermore, without passage of the technical
corrections bill, universities and other transportation research will not
receive their fully intended funding, and states will be unable to use millions
of dollars of transportation funds that were authorized 3 years ago.