Senate Passes Highway Bill Extension

July 31, 2015

The Senate approved an $8 billion extension of federal infrastructure funding, sending it to President Obama with one day to go before road and transit spending is set to expire. 

The bill, which extends spending until Oct. 29, passed 91-4, and leaves further debate until fall. Obama is expected to sign the bill to prevent an interruption in funding during the summer construction season.

The vote came after the Senate passed its own preferred fix, a six-year highway bill negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). 

House Republicans refused to take up that bill and adjourned on Wednesday, which left the Senate to accept the three-month patch. Republican leaders in the Senate sought to downplay the squabbling between the chambers as they punted the highway debate to the fall, according to The Hill.

Source: AGC