UPDATE: President Trump signed the bill.

By Dean Franks, senior vice president, congressional relations, ARTBA

The Senate Sept. 26 passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the government at FY 2019 levels through Nov. 21. The vote was 82-15, with all the opposition from Republicans.

The measure, passed Sept. 19 by the House, now heads to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it before the current funding laws expire at midnight Sept. 30.

The House June 25 moved a full FY 2020 transportation funding spending bill through the chamber, while the Senate Appropriations Committee passed their legislation Sept. 19.  Both bills contained full funding for core Highway Trust Fund authorized programs as well as additional spending via the General Fund. A breakdown of both bills and a comparison to the previous three year’s spending levels can be seen below.

Action by the full Senate is needed before the chambers can formally compromise the two bills and send the final product to the president for enactment. ARTBA will continue working to ensure full-funding for highway, transit and aviation programs is secured in the final law.