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

Democrat and Republican leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations committees Dec. 12 announced a deal on the final Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 spending package. The House will vote on the package of bills early in the week of Dec. 16, then send it to the Senate for approval. The deal calls for sending the bill to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature before the current temporary funding law expires Dec. 20.

Both the House and Senate-passed FY 2020 Transportation Appropriations bills would fully-fund highway and public transportation programs at FAST Act-authorized funding levels, as well as contain additional General Fund spending on highway, transit and airport construction programs. Details on the transportation portions of the final spending legislation had not been released as of publication.

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