AASHTO Journal, 14 October 2011
The House T&I Committee Democrats’ 32-page report — “Achieving Deficit Reduction by Creating Jobs; Eliminating Waste, Fraud, and Abuse; and Promoting Efficiency and Reform of Government” — is available at bit.ly/HTICD101311. House T&I Committee Republicans have yet to release their recommendations. Congressional committees, interest groups, and the general public all face a deadline of today to submit formal recommendations to the joint committee.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-California; and Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, the committee’s ranking minority member; two weeks ago sent a letter to the co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction urging them to identify long-term revenue streams to allow the federal government to invest in highway and transit infrastructure at current levels or greater. (see Oct. 7 AASHTO Journal story)
The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction is comprised of six Democrats and six Republicans — three members of each party from the Senate and three members of each party from the House. It must produce legislation by Nov. 23 that would trim the nation’s $14 trillion deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over the next decade. The House and Senate are required to vote on the panel’s recommendations by Dec. 23 or automatic cuts to most government programs — a process called “sequestration” — would automatically take place in 2013.
More information is available at deficitreduction.senate.gov.