Transportation bill approved by House and Senate

On Friday, the House and Senate voted to pass the Conference Report to H.R. 4348, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21).  Under the bill, federal highway, transit and other surface transportation programs will continue through Sept. 30, 2014, at current levels with some inflationary increases, providing states with more than two years of funding certainty.  The bill was the product of extended negotiations and was passed with bipartisan support.  The bill will consolidate the Elderly and Disabled program (Section 5310) which provides grants to nonprofits for transportation services and the New Freedom (Section 5317).  The new program will fund activities designed to enhance mobility for seniors and people with disabilities.  A variety of measures are being used to pay for the bill including changes to the Medicaid federal match provided to Louisiana.  The Arc opposes reducing Medicaid funding and using it for non-Medicaid related spending.

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