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Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) said this week he will not introduce a highway bill until next year, with the latest extension for transportation spending scheduled to run out March 31.
Mica — who chairs the House Transportation Committee and had planned to introduce his bill by the end of the year — announced the delay during a gathering of transportation experts at the University of Virginia on Tuesday.
He said the House schedule did not allow him enough time to present a bill this month.
Mica spokesman Justin Harclerode said: “Republican leadership and the committee remain committed to moving this important infrastructure jobs bill early next year, likely in January or February.”
Mica assured those at the transportation gathering that lawmakers “could still complete action in the House and move to conference with the Senate on a timely basis,” said John Horsley, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.