On Tuesday afternoon, an emergency session of Congress passed a $26 billion Jobs Bill. The Bill includes $6.7 billion in rescissions, of which $2.2 billion will come from transportation funds. Unlike the last round of rescissions this Bill strips away the requirement that all transportation programs receive equal consideration to others- meaning that we will most likely seen a disproportional impact on programs important to the non-motorized projects such as Transportation Enhancements (TE) and Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ).
As the USDOT prepares guidance to help state transportation agencies make these cuts, we will be preparing action alerts and resources to prepare state and local advocates for the coming attacks on these funding programs that are critical to bike programs and infrastructure across the country.
Advocates can get a head start by reading the Advocacy Advance report: Rescissions and Restoration: Fighting for Priority.
Jeff PeelPeel joined the League in March 2008 as a Program Specialist for the Bicycle Friendly Communities program. Peel has a BA in American Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi.
State and Local Advocacy Coordinator