Senate sends stop-gap highway funding bill to Biden’s desk after House infrastructure drama

Senate sends stop-gap highway funding bill to Biden’s desk after House infrastructure drama


The Senate passed a bill to extend funding for the Highway Trust Fund on Saturday after House Democrats failed to come together to pass a sweeping $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill due to partisan infighting. 

Roughly 3,700 Department of Transportation employees are expected to be taken off temporary furlough shortly after President Biden signs the stop-gap measure. 

The 30-day extension passed the lower chamber in a 365-51 vote on Friday, but was blocked by Republicans from passing on Friday night. 

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The Highway Trust Fund’s funding had expired on Thursday at midnight, with Congress having to act swiftly to avert long-term problems in funding highway and transit construction programs.

Congress is only authorized to extend transportation funding for a maximum of 30 days without passing additional funding for the DOT. 

President Biden said he would like to see both the Highway Trust Fund bill and the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill pass.Chris Kleponis/POOL/CNP/startraksphoto.com

Top Democrats in the House were looking

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