2004

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  • Reauthorization Deferred to the Next Congress

    December 2, 2004

    The lame-duck session of the 108th Congress has failed to complete work on the conference that would reconcile differences-primarily on overall funding levels–between the bills reauthorizing TEA-21 leaving it for the new Congress to take up next year.

  • Reauthorization

    October 12, 2004

    On September 30, the Congress passed, and the President signed into law, an eight month extension of the TEA-21 Highway Act.

  • Highway Reauthorization Legislation on Hold

    July 29, 2004

    On the last day before the Congress recessed for a six week break, it passed a fifth short term extension of TEA-21through September 30 for motor carrier safety and transit programs (September 24 for primary apportioned highway formula programs).

  • More Groups Seek Hours-of-Service Exemption

    March 10, 2004

    As the House of Representatives draws closer to finalizing its version of Reauthorization, efforts to seek exemptions from the new hours of service rules have now gone beyond just the utility industry (see our CVSA Call to Action of Feb. 2, 2004).

  • New Entrant Funding is 100%

    March 2, 2004

    The latest reauthorization extension bill that passed the Congress on Friday, February 27 contained a technical amendment that assures 100% funding for states to implement the New Entrant Program.

  • Reauthorization Bill Passes Senate

    February 19, 2004

    By a vote of 76-21, the Senate has passed a $318 billion Surface Transportation bill that includes reauthorization of highway and motor carrier safety programs.

  • Fiscal Year 2004 Appropriations Bill Finally Clears the Senate

    January 27, 2004

    Utility Vehicle Service Driver Exemption As a follow-up to our January 23 News Update, we want to point out that the appropriations bill exemption specifies only that federal MCSAP dollars are not to be used through the end of the 2004 fiscal year to enforce the new hours of service rules with respect to utility vehicle service drivers. It does not actually change the regulation.