Senator Plans To Tackles Highway Bill, RFS Early in 2014

The highway bill and the renewable fuels standard (RFS) are at the top of next year's agenda for Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), the ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Vitter said that he is working with Democrats Ben Cardin (Md.) and Tom Udall (N.M.) to revamp the federal renewable fuels mandate. He also expects Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) to “immediately dive” into reauthorizing the highway bill in 2014, once the House and Senate conclude their conference on a pending water resources bill.

The RFS has been a major issue on Capitol Hill over the last year.   - See more at:
The RFS has been a major issue on Capitol Hill over the last year.   - See more at:

The RFS has been a major issue on Capitol Hill over the last year. Vitter told Bloomberg BNA that he hopes to release “a base agreement” of his compromise RFS bill to revamp the 2007 energy law in January. That agreement would require an annual amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels to be blended into the nations’ fuel supply.

The highway bill will be a top priority for lawmakers in January, Vitter said. He added that Republicans and Democrats have a history of working well together on infrastructure projects. He and Boxer have already been talking about a new highway bill and have "talked at sort of 40,000-foot level with Bill Shuster," chairman of the House Transportation Committee, he said. The Highway Trust Fund, which provides federal dollars for highway and transit programs, will be insolvent by fiscal 2015, which is about the same time the current surface transportation reauthorization law.

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Mindy Long

Before launching a full-time freelance career, Long edited NATSO's Stop Watch magazine. Prior to that Long worked as a staff reporter for Transport Topics, a weekly trade newspaper, covering freight transportation, fuel and environmental issues. In addition to covering the transportation sector, Long has written, reported and edited for a variety of media outlets. She was the Washington correspondent for WCAX-TV (CBS) in Burlington, Vt., a criminal court reporter in Chicago and a freelance copy editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in Washington D.C. Long hold a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.More
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