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Short-Term Fix: House Approves $11B In Transportation Funding

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The Highway Trust Fund goes funds the construction and maintenance of roads and mass transit across the country.
The Highway Trust Fund goes funds the construction and maintenance of roads and mass transit across the country.

As expected, Congress is moving toward approving a short-term fix for the depleted fund that pays for highway and transit projects.

In a bipartisan vote, the House passed an $11 billion plan to replenish the highway trust fund, 367-55. The Senate is expected to pass it, too, and send it to the President's desk.

Despite intense calls for something much more substantial, such as a four- or six-year transportation spending program, Congress could not agree on how to fund it, and lawmakers were running out of time. Payments from the highway trust fund so states can cover their construction bills were expected to slow down in two weeks.

While keeping summer road projects from stopping, the House's move simply pushes the problem into next year. The $11 billion will run out in May, meaning lawmakers will once again have to confront the issue of funding transportation.


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