By David Schultz
The stalling of a key piece of federal legislation is causing the U.S. Department of Transportation to furlough nearly 2,000 employees today.
As a result, dozens of ongoing projects across the country, including the 9th Street Bridge project in D.C. and the Humpback Bridge replacement on the George Washington Memorial Parkway, are at a standstill.
The blocked legislation is a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund, which goes towards safety inspectors on nearly every transportation project.
Extension of the fund is being held up by Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY). He says Congress hasn't come up with a way to pay for the extension, and he doesn't want it to increase the federal deficit.
A slate of new legislation has received an endorsement by the Virginia State Crime Commission that they say would give law enforcement more tools to investigate and prosecute child abuse.