By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

With a full schedule this fall that includes a confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) July 19 told ARTBA’s P3s in Transportation Conference that Congress is likely to consider an infrastructure bill after November’s midterm elections.  Hoeven serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“We are going to have to get more money in there to attract Democrats,” he said. “It is not going to be exactly like the administration’s [infrastructure] proposal, but I think we can do something after the midterms. I think there is a good chance will get something.”

He did not offer specifics.

Hoeven anticipates the Senate will vote on a farm bill before November. There is also a “good chance” of passing a water resources bill, he added.