U.S. Senate Passes Federal Transportation Funding Extension
Current federal transportation funding legislation, known as MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act), expires on September 30, 2014. Actual funding is expected to run out in a matter of days.
Despite municipal and other efforts for comprehensive federal transportation legislation, Congress appears to be focused on a short-term solution to the federal funding shortfall. To that end, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5021 in mid-July. H.R. 5021 is a bill that would extend current funding to avoid the stoppage of federal highway projects.
Earlier this week, the Senate amended and then passed H.R. 5021. The amendments meant that the two chambers had to work out the differences in the bill. The disagreement related to how long to extend funding and how to pay for that funding. The House stripped off the Senate amendments.
With little choice and no time remaining, the Senate approved the House version of the bill last night and sent it to the president.