Sunday, October 24, 2021

US Senate approves 30-day extension of federal highway funding after House passage

The US Senate on Saturday approved a 30-day extension of funding for federal highway programs.

A day after the expansion was overwhelmingly passed by the House of Representatives, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) brought it to the floor by asking for unanimous consent.

This move lets a bill pass without a recorded vote but enables a senator to block it through objection.

No senator objected.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), is to reroute funding for federal highway programs, including the Highway Trust Fund. Funding ran out on Friday. The fresh funding was part of an infrastructure bill passed by the Senate, but a vote on the bill has been delayed several times amid incursions by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in her caucus.

The Highway Expansion Bill now goes to President Joe Biden’s desk.

Biden visited Delaware on Saturday. It is not clear when he wants to sign the law. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Democrats who delayed passing the infrastructure bill laid off more than 3,700 Department of Transportation employees.

Jim Tyman, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officers, said the group appreciates Congress passing the temporary extension but called for the infrastructure bill to be passed.

“This special extension does not include any new funding for state departments of transportation as of October 15, leaving them without the support of their federal partners for weeks as they continue to move people and goods through our communities. ,” he said in a statement.

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Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started out as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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