The Senate Oct. 28 approved an extension of the surface transportation law to Nov. 20, following similar approval a day earlier in the House of Representatives. The measure now heads to President Obama, who is expected to sign it, as lawmakers use the next three weeks to hammer out a long-term bill.
The House is expected to take up next week the six-year surface transportation reauthorization bill approved Oct. 22 by the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee (See ARTBA analysis). The chamber’s provision to supplement incoming Highway Trust Fund revenue to support the investment levels authorized by the T&I plan are expected to be similar—if not identical—to the package of revenue generators contained in the Senate highway/transit bill passed in July.
Both chambers approved the latest short-term program extension, the fourth since the MAP-21 surface transportation law expired in 2014, by voice vote. The interim measure will expire just as senators and representatives embark on a week-long break for the Thanksgiving holiday.