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36 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | October 2014 Election of the Highway Trust Fund bill with measures approved by the Senate Finance Committee (S.AMDT.3583) The continuing effort by AED to restore certainty to the federal highway program came to a head in late July. The House and Senate faced off with competing measures to save the Highway Trust Fund in the waning days before the federal government would begin delaying infrastructure payments to the states. The amendment proposed by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) was one of four considered before the Senate's initial vote on the bill to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent for the near future. The proposal to force Congress to find a long- term solution for the federal highway crisis before the end of the calendar year passed 66-31, and was included in the Senate's version of the Highway Transportation and Funding Act of 2014. However, the House refused to take up the measure. House Vote: None Senate Vote: 113-2-245, July 29, 2014 AED Position: Yes 9. Getting Rid of the Federal Highway Program: An amendment to eliminate the federal highway program by repealing most of the federal gas tax and devolving responsibility for transportation funding to the states (S.Amdt. 3584) The amendment proposed by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) was one of four considered before the Senate's initial vote on the bill to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent for the near future. The proposal fell short, 28-69, and was not included in the Senate's version of the Highway Transpor- tation and Funding Act of 2014. The Lee amendment sought to devolve authority over federal highway and transportation funding to the states and slash the federal gas tax by 80 percent. The measure would have forced states to shoulder the burden of maintaining thou- sands of miles of roadway by bulldozing the federal funding streams that local authorities – and construction equipment businesses – trust for continued future investment. House Vote: None Senate Vote: 113-2-246, July 29, 2014 AED Position: No 10. Keeping the Federal Highway Program Operating: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 5021) See discussion under House vote No. 10. The Senate approved the short-term highway solution 79-18. House Vote: 113-2-414, July 15, 2014 Senate Vote: 113-2-248, July 29, 2014 AED Position: Yes How the U.S. Senate Voted on Select Issues Key Symbols Y: Agreed with AED's Position N: Disagreed with AED's Position P Voted Present NV Did Not Vote "-" Unavailable for vote * The House Speaker does not usually vote unless the margin for passage is extremely close Score % agreement with AED's position Highlighting denotes perfect AED score. Vote numbers (across the top): 1. Keystone: An amendment to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to promote the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. (S.AMDT.494) 2. Estate tax repeal: To establish a deficit- neutral reserve fund to permanently elimi- nate the Federal estate tax. (S.AMDT.307) 3. Prevent a Shutdown: Continuing Appro- priations Resolution (H.J. Res. 59) 4. Prevent a Shutdown: Consolidated Appro- priations Act (H.R. 3547) 5. The Farm Bill: Agriculture Act of 2014 (H.R. 2642) 6. Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (H.R. 3080) 7. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803) 8. Force a Debate about Long-Term High- way Funding: An amendment to replace funding offsets in the House version of the Highway Trust Fund bill with measures ap- proved by the Senate Finance Committee (S.AMDT.3583) 9. Getting Rid of the Federal Highway Program: An amendment to eliminate the federal highway program by repealing most of the federal gas tax and devolving responsibility for transportation funding to the states. 10. Keep the Federal Highway Program Operating: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 5021) Alabama Senators 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Score Sen. Sessions, Jeff (R-AL) Y Y N N N Y Y N N N 40% Sen. Shelby, Richard (R-AL) Y Y N Y N Y Y Y N N 60% Alaska Senators 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Score Sen. Begich, Mark (D-AK) Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 90% Sen. Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK) Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y N Y 80% Arizona Senators 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Score Sen. Flake, Jeff (R-AZ) Y Y N N N N Y N Y N 40% Sen. McCain, John (R-AZ) Y Y Y N N N Y N Y N 50% Arkansas Senators 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Score Sen. Boozman, John (R-AR) Y Y N Y Y NV Y N N Y 60% Sen. Pryor, Mark (D-AR) Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 90% California Senators 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Score Sen. Boxer, Barbara (D-CA) N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 80% Sen. Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA) N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 80% Colorado Senators 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Score Sen. Bennet, Michael (D-CO) Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 90% Sen. Udall, Mark (D-CO) N N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 80% Connecticut Senators 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Score Sen. Blumenthal, Richard (D-CT) N N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y 70% Sen. Murphy, Christopher (D-CT) N N Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y 70% Delaware Senators 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Score Sen. Carper, Thomas (D-DE) Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 90% Sen. Coons, Chris (D-DE) Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 90% ("AED Legislative Scorecard – Senate Votes" continued from page 35)

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