Following the recess, House leaders waited for the Senate to act on ISTEA II before marking up BESTEA.
On 24 March 1998, it unanimously approved a six-year, $217 billion BESTEA bill (Table 1).
BESTEA generated considerable critical media attention for earmarking $9 billion for 1,467 construction projects located in 350 congressional districts (mostly highway and bridge construction projects, but the list of demonstration projects also included mass transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects).
, fifty percent of additional CMAQ funding over the fiscal year 1996 level can be transferred to other problems.
Under the budget resolution in the spring that sets funding levels, Chairman Shuster is hoping to receive funding levels that would support BESTEA.
In addition to the extension, the Committee voted for a resolution in support of BESTEA and changed BESTEA from a three-year reauthorization of ISTEA to six years.
The House leadership has offered Chairman Shuster two options: (1) a one-year extension of ISTEA or (2) a six-month extension, then the House would determine if revenues were increasing to fund BESTEA
Under BESTEA, fifty percent of additional CMAQ funding over the fiscal year 1996 level can be transferred to other programs that do not improve air quality or add to air quality problems.
4, the Truth in Budgeting Act that takes the turn funds "off-budget," has been included in BESTEA.