Seaports Maintain Strong Presence In Final Stimulus Bill
President Obama today signed into law a sweeping economic recovery bill that will better enable America's seaports to deliver prosperity and fulfill their vital role as part of the nation's critical transportation infrastructure.
"AAPA is extremely pleased that the President signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The law will enable America's seaports to play a sizable role in creating jobs and reinvigorating America's economy quickly, while enhancing the environment and port security," stated AAPA President Kurt J. Nagle.
The following chart is a side-by-side comparison of the U.S. House and Senate versions of the major portions of the economic recovery bill which do or may apply to seaports, along with the final compromise version that became law.
State Highway Program
- No cost-share - Use or lose - 120 days for states to spend 50% - 1 year for 100% to spend - DOT will start a web site on projects
Discretionary Transportation Grants
New competitive grant program for state and local government including projects that could enhance ports
funds to be distributed by 9/30/2011
Projects from $20 million to $300 million
No match required
DOT Secretary will control
Port Security Grants
- Cost-share waived - DHS expected to open the round of grants in early June. - Focus is on construction projects and those that create jobs.
Corps of Engineers
A newly funded DOE program for ports and others
Diesel Emissions Reduction
- EPA program with funds to be distributed through regional cooperatives - Cost-share requirements are waived