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      AIA Calls on House to Pass Senate Transportation Legislation

      Congratulates Senate on Passage of Two-Year Transportation Blueprint

      Contact: John Schneidawind

      For immediate release:
      Washington, D.C. – March 14, 2012 –
      The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today urged the U.S. House of Representatives to quickly pass transportation legislation approved by the U.S. Senate in a 74-22 vote.

      “The House should take up and pass the Senate bill immediately,” said AIA President Jeff Potter, FAIA. “The Senate bill maintains funding at the current level, ensures the continued funding of transportation enhancement programs and encourages development around transit stations - which promotes livable communities.

      “These three attributes, along with language that gets the general public more involved in transportation planning, are all major legislative priorities of the AIA,” Potter said. “We need to have a bill passed and sent onto President Obama before current federal funding runs out on March 31.”

      The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a two-year blueprint for transportation that gives states greater spending flexibility. The bipartisan bill was approved 17 days before current transportation funding and authority to collect the federal gas tax that support it are due to expire.

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