Senate Extension Means Congress Has More Time to Work on Transport Bill

November 20, 2015

With the Senate passing an extension for highway and transit aid to states through Dec. 4, legislators ostensibly have more time to work on a long-term bill.

The Senate action beats today's deadline, and was already passed by the House of Representatives. It now goes to President Obama, who has indicated he'll sign the extension via autopen while traveling to Malaysia.

Both the House and Senate have passed separate measures that would set transportation policy for six years. The bills are similar, but negotiators say they need more time to reconcile scores of differences and to settle on how to pay for transportation programs, according to ABC News and the Associated Press.