The U.S. Senate appointed conferees on April 24 who will be charged with negotiating the House-Senate conference on the surface transportation authorization bill. Democratic conferees named by the Senate were: Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Max Baucus (D-MT), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ). Republican conferees included: Jim Inhofe (R-OK), David Vitter (R-LA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Richard Shelby
(R-AL), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), and John Hoeven (R-ND).
On April 25, the House appointed their conferees consisting of Republicans: John Mica (R-FL), Don Young (R-AK), John Duncan (R-TN), Bill Shuster (R-PA), Shelley Capito (R-WV), Rick Crawford (R-AR), Jaime Beutler (R-WA), Larry Buschon (R-IN), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Steve Southerland (R-FL), James Lankford (R-OK), Reid Ribble (R-WI), Fred Upton (R-MI), Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Doc Hastings (R-WA), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Ralph Hall (R-TX), Chip Cravaack (R-MN), Dave Camp (R-MI), and Patrick Tiberi
(R-OH). Democratic conferees included: Nick Rahall (D-WV), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Jerry Costello (D-IL), Jerrold Nadler (D- NY), Corrine Brown (D-FL), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Leonard Boswell (D-IA), Tim Bishop (D-NY), Henry Waxman (D-CA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D- DC).
APTA urges members from the states and districts listed above to reach out to the conferees from their state and insist on a bill that supports public transportation and a long-term stable funding source. The first meeting is scheduled for May 8