Roadbuilders: Include surface transportation bill in summer schedule

Congress is putting the finishing touches on the first draft of a new Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, or SAFETEA-LU, transportation bill. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) said there would be an early draft of the bill, which funds highways and public transportation, coming soon.

Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerTime is now to address infrastructure needs Tom Steyer testing waters for Calif. gubernatorial bid Another day, another dollar for retirement advice rip-offs MORE (D-Calif.) has said her version of the bill will be about $339.2 billion

President Obama proposed spending $556 billion over six years on the measure, but lawmakers have indicated they are unlikely to approve anything close to that amount.

The current short-term transportation bill expires in September.