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S. 1350 (114th): Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015


The text of the bill below is as of May 18, 2015 (Placed on Calendar in the Senate). The bill was not enacted into law.


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Calendar No. 85

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1350

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 14, 2015

(for himself and Mrs. Boxer) introduced the following bill; which was read the first time

May 18, 2015

Read the second time and placed on the calendar

A BILL

To provide a short-term extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title; table of contents

(a)

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015.

(b)

Table of contents

The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.

Sec. 2. Sense of Congress.

TITLE I—Surface Transportation Program Extension

Subtitle A—Federal-aid highways

Sec. 101. Extension of Federal-aid highway programs.

Sec. 102. Administrative expenses.

Subtitle B—Extension of highway safety programs

Sec. 111. Extension of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration highway safety programs.

Sec. 112. Extension of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration programs.

Sec. 113. Dingell-johnson sport fish restoration act.

Subtitle C—Public transportation programs

Sec. 121. Formula grants for rural areas.

Sec. 122. Apportionment of appropriations for formula grants.

Sec. 123. Authorizations for public transportation.

Sec. 124. Bus and bus facilities formula grants.

Subtitle D—Hazardous materials

Sec. 131. Authorization of appropriations.

TITLE II—Revenue Provisions

Sec. 201. Extension of highway trust fund expenditure authority.

2.

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that—

(1)

a robust, modern transportation network is critical to the economic growth and success of the Nation, the States, cities, counties, towns, and rural areas;

(2)

the value of Federal revenues dedicated to surface transportation infrastructure has diminished over time due to inflation, vehicle efficiency, alternative fuels, and demographic trends;

(3)

there is a significant and urgent need for additional Federal investment to repair, rehabilitate, modernize, improve, and expand all modes of surface transportation infrastructure;

(4)

the country urgently needs a long-term authorization of surface transportation programs to support State and local transportation officials in making the best use of taxpayer funds and achieving a high return on their investment;

(5)

the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives should develop and, as soon as practicable, report out legislation providing for a long-term authorization of surface transportation programs within their respective jurisdictions;

(6)

the Committee on Finance of the Senate and the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives should develop and, as soon as practicable, report out legislation providing sufficient revenue to offset the cost of such a long-term authorization of surface transportation programs; and

(7)

the Senate and the House of Representatives should pass legislation providing for a long-term authorization of surface transportation programs, appoint conferees, and agree to a conference report as soon as practicable.

I

Surface Transportation Program Extension

A

Federal-aid highways

101.

Extension of Federal-aid highway programs

(a)

In general

Section 1001 of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–159) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a), by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(2)

in subsection (b)(1), by striking May 31, 2015, a sum equal to 243/365 and inserting July 31, 2015, a sum equal to 304/365; and

(3)

in subsection (c)—

(A)

in paragraph (1)—

(i)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015; and

(ii)

by striking 243/365 and inserting 304/365; and

(B)

in paragraph (2)(B) by striking , as amended by this subsection.

(b)

Obligation ceiling

Section 1102 of MAP–21 (23 U.S.C. 104 note) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(3)—

(A)

by striking $26,800,569,863 and inserting 33,528,284,932; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(2)

in subsection (b)(12)—

(A)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015; and

(B)

by striking 243/365 and inserting 304/365;

(3)

in subsection (c)—

(A)

in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015; and

(B)

in paragraph (2), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking May 31, 2015, that is equal to 243/365 and inserting July 31, 2015, that is equal to 304/365; and

(4)

in subsection (f)(1), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

(c)

General fund

Section 1123(h)(1) of MAP–21 (23 U.S.C. 202 note) is amended—

(1)

by striking $19,972,603 and inserting $24,986,301; and

(2)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

102.

Administrative expenses

Section 1002 of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–159) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)—

(A)

by striking $292,931,507 and inserting $366,465,753; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015; and

(2)

in subsection (b)(2)—

(A)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015; and

(B)

by striking , as amended by this subtitle.

B

Extension of highway safety programs

111.

Extension of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration highway safety programs

(a)

Program extensions

Section 31101(a) of the Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act of 2012 (title I of division C of Public Law 112–141) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1)(C)—

(A)

by striking $156,452,055 and inserting $195,726,027; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(2)

in paragraph (2)(C)—

(A)

by striking $75,563,014 and inserting $94,531,507; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(3)

in paragraph (3)(C)—

(A)

by striking $181,084,932 and inserting 226,542,466; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(4)

in paragraph (4)(C)—

(A)

by striking $3,328,767 and inserting $4,164,384; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(5)

in paragraph (5)(C)—

(A)

by striking $19,306,849 and inserting $24,153,425; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(6)

in paragraph (6)(C)—

(A)

by striking $16,976,712 and inserting $21,238,356; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

(b)

Applicability of title 23

Section 31101(c) of the Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act of 2012 (title I of division C of Public Law 112–141) is amended by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

(c)

Law enforcement campaigns

Section 2009(a) of SAFETEA–LU (23 U.S.C. 402 note) is amended by striking May 31, 2015 each place the date appears and inserting July 31, 2015.

(d)

Cooperative research and evaluation

Section 403(f)(1) of title 23, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking $1,664,384 and inserting $2,082,192; and

(2)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

112.

Extension of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration programs

(a)

Motor carrier safety grants

Section 31104 of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(10)—

(A)

by striking $145,134,247 and inserting $181,567,123; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(2)

in subsection (i)(1)(J)—

(A)

by striking $172,430,137 and inserting $215,715,068; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015; and

(3)

in subsection (k)(2)—

(A)

by striking $9,986,301 and inserting $12,493,151; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

(b)

New entrant audits

Section 31144(g)(5)(B) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking $21,304,110 and inserting $26,652,055; and

(2)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

(c)

Grant programs

Section 4101(c) of the Motor Carrier Safety Reauthorization Act of 2005 (title IV of Public Law 109–59) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1)—

(A)

by striking $19,972,603 and inserting $24,986,301; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(2)

in paragraph (2)—

(A)

by striking $21,304,110 and inserting $26,652,055; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(3)

in paragraph (3)—

(A)

by striking $3,328,767 and inserting $4,164,384; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(4)

in paragraph (4)—

(A)

by striking $16,643,836 and inserting $20,821,918; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015; and

(5)

in paragraph (5)—

(A)

by striking $1,997,260 and inserting $2,498,630; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

(d)

Outreach and education

Section 4127(e) of the Motor Carrier Safety Reauthorization Act of 2005 is amended—

(1)

by striking $2,663,014 and inserting $3,331,507; and

(2)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

(e)

Grant program for commercial motor vehicle operators

Section 4134(c) of the Motor Carrier Safety Reauthorization Act of 2005 is amended—

(1)

by striking $665,753 and inserting $832,877; and

(2)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

113.

Dingell-johnson sport fish restoration act

Section 4 of the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 777c) is amended, by striking May 31, 2015 each place the date appears and inserting July 31, 2015.

C

Public transportation programs

121.

Formula grants for rural areas

Section 5311(c)(1) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (A)—

(A)

by striking $3,328,767 and inserting $4,164,384; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015; and

(2)

in subparagraph (B)—

(A)

by striking $16,643,836 and inserting $20,821,918; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

122.

Apportionment of appropriations for formula grants

Section 5336(h)(1) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking $19,972,603 and inserting $24,986,301; and

(2)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

123.

Authorizations for public transportation

(a)

Formula grants

Section 5338(a) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1)—

(A)

by striking $5,722,150,685 and inserting $7,158,575,342; and

(B)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(2)

in paragraph (2)—

(A)

in subparagraph (A)—

(i)

by striking $85,749,041 and inserting $107,274,521; and

(ii)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(B)

in subparagraph (B)—

(i)

by striking $6,657,534 and inserting $8,328,767; and

(ii)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(C)

in subparagraph (C)—

(i)

by striking $2,968,361,507 and inserting $3,713,505,753; and

(ii)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(D)

in subparagraph (D)—

(i)

by striking $171,964,110 and inserting $215,132,055; and

(ii)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(E)

in subparagraph (E)—

(i)

by striking May 31, 2015 each place such date appears and inserting July 31, 2015;

(ii)

in clause (i), by striking $404,644,932 and inserting $506,222,466;

(iii)

in clause (ii), by striking $19,972,603 and inserting $24,986,301; and

(iv)

in clause (iii), by striking $13,315,068 and inserting $16,657,534;

(F)

in subparagraph (F)—

(i)

by striking $1,997,260 and inserting $2,498,630; and

(ii)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(G)

in subparagraph (G)—

(i)

by striking $3,328,767 and inserting $4,164,384; and

(ii)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(H)

in subparagraph (H)—

(i)

by striking $2,563,151 and inserting $3,206,575; and

(ii)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(I)

in subparagraph (I)—

(i)

by striking $1,441,955,342 and inserting $1,803,927,671; and

(ii)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(J)

in subparagraph (J)—

(i)

by striking $284,809,315 and inserting $356,304,658; and

(ii)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015; and

(K)

in subparagraph (K)—

(i)

by striking $350,119,726 and inserting $438,009,863; and

(ii)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

(b)

Research, development demonstration and deployment projects

Section 5338(b) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking $46,602,740 and inserting $58,301,370; and

(2)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

(c)

Transit cooperative research program

Section 5338(c) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking $4,660,274 and inserting $5,830,137; and

(2)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

(d)

Technical assistance and standards development

Section 5338(d) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking $4,660,274 and inserting $5,830,137; and

(2)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

(e)

Human resources and training

Section 5338(e) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking $3,328,767 and inserting $4,164,384; and

(2)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

(f)

Capital investment grants

Section 5338(g) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking $1,269,591,781 and inserting $1,588,295,890; and

(2)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

(g)

Administration

Section 5338(h) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking May 31, 2015 each place such date appears and inserting July 31, 2015;

(2)

in paragraph (1), by striking $69,238,356 and inserting $86,619,178;

(3)

in paragraph (2), by striking $3,328,767 and inserting $4,164,384; and

(4)

in paragraph (3), by striking $665,753 and $832,877.

124.

Bus and bus facilities formula grants

Section 5339(d)(1) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking $43,606,849 and inserting $54,553,425;

(2)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(3)

by striking $832,192 and inserting $1,041,096; and

(4)

by striking $332,877 and inserting $416,438.

D

Hazardous materials

131.

Authorization of appropriations

(a)

In general

Section 5128(a)(3) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking $28,468,948 and inserting $35,615,474; and

(2)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

(b)

Hazardous materials emergency preparedness fund

Section 5128(b)(2) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015;

(2)

in subparagraph (A), by striking $125,162 and inserting $156,581;

(3)

in subparagraph (B)—

(A)

by striking $14,513,425 and inserting $18,156,712; and

(B)

by striking $9,087,534 and inserting $11,368,767;

(4)

in subparagraph (C), by striking $99,863 and inserting $124,932;

(5)

in subparagraph (D), by striking $416,096 and inserting $520,548; and

(6)

in subparagraph (E), by striking $665,753 and inserting $832,877.

(c)

Hazardous materials training grants

Section 5128(c) of title 49, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking $2,663,014 and inserting $3,331,507; and

(2)

by striking May 31, 2015 and inserting July 31, 2015.

II

Revenue Provisions

201.

Extension of highway trust fund expenditure authority

(a)

Highway trust fund

Section 9503 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended—

(1)

by striking June 1, 2015 each place such date appears and inserting August 1, 2015, and

(2)

in each of subsections (c)(1) and (e)(3), by striking the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 and inserting the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015.

(b)

Sport fish restoration and boating trust fund

Section 9504 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b)(2), by striking the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 each place such phrase appears and inserting the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015, and

(2)

in subsection (d)(2), by striking June 1, 2015 and inserting August 1, 2015.

(c)

Leaking underground storage tank trust fund

Section 9508(e)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking June 1, 2015 and inserting August 1, 2015.

May 18, 2015

Read the second time and placed on the calendar