Senate panel to mark up highway funding stopgap

thehill – excerpt

The Senate Finance Committee will mark up a short-term fix to keep highway projects funded until after the midterm elections on Thursday.

Transportation advocates have expressed disappointment in the temporary measure because they have been pushing for a long-term bill that would fund U.S. road and transit projects for several years.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has said that he can only muster $9 billion from other areas of the federal budget to carry infrastructure funding until Dec. 31, which would punt the larger funding decision until the lame-duck session after the elections.

Wyden has called his three-month plan an “imperative first step” toward a long-term solution… (more)



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