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Sen. Boxer calls on House Speaker Boehner to restore transportation funds


In a letter released yesterday, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) called on House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to reverse cuts in transportation programs in a six-month continuing resolution, which she believes would be less than roads and transit funding levels agreed to under the new, two-year surface transportation bill known as MAP-21.

The House is expected to vote on the continuing resolution later this week, according to a prepared statement issued by Boxer's office.

Boxer's letter stated that MAP-21 maintained current funding levels for the remainder of fiscal-year 2012, and included an adjustment for inflation in FY2013 and FY2014. The increase in funding would account for inflation in accordance with the Congressional Budget Office baseline, stated Boxer, who chairs the Senate's Committee on Environment and Public Works.

"Failure to honor the funding levels agreed to in MAP-21 means a cut of over $500 million and 17,000 jobs over the year that would have gone to repair our roads and bridges," she said. "As a result, thousands of Americans would not go to work on transportation projects across the country. A six-month continuing resolution at these funding levels is clearly unacceptable."

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