Just before its five-week break, the Senate voted in favor of an $11 billion stopgap highway measure, which will replenish the Highway Trust Fund and will keep about 6,000 state highway and transit projects rolling through next spring. Democrats in the Senate had attempted to shorten the timeline for the highway bill so that a long-term transportation plan would be necessary by December – before a potential midterm GOP of the chamber. But the House stripped away those changes and sent the measure back to the Senate, where Democrats acquiesced.
NSSGA President Mike Johnson stresses that Congress must ultimately come up with a long-term solution as states and localities are hesitant to start new projects or finish existing ones out of fear that the federal government won’t meet its funding obligations.
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