An infrastructure funding boost that was approved and funded by Congress last year is on hold because of the short-term spending bill currently making its way through Washington.
Last December, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was passed by Congress, complete with funding for Highway Trust Fund transportation projects. An increase of $2.4 billion for the projects was supposed to be available in fiscal 2017.
But Tuesday evening, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers of Kentucky introduced a continuing resolution (CR) that would continue fiscal 2016 spending levels through for federal programs and services until April 28, 2017 - - the start of construction season. The current CR expires this Friday.
The Senate will consider the resolution on Friday but Senator James Lankford (R-Okla) has already said he will vote against the measure.
Here is what Lankford had to say:
Quoted on TheHill.com, Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said, “Looks like House Republicans missed the memo from President-elect Donald Trump on boosting transportation infrastructure investment. Instead of carrying out the promise of rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, and transit systems, the Continuing Resolution ignores the FAST Act transportation funding levels that were approved a year ago, resulting in a $2.4 billion reduction in transportation investment which will impact the next Spring’s construction seasons.”
Full text of the CR is available here: