By Lauren Schapker, vice president of legislative affairs, ARTBA

The House of Representatives July 31 passed an appropriations bill that increases U.S. Department of Transportation program funding levels through September 2021. The vote was 217-197.

The appropriations bill matches increased funding levels the House passed July 1 in its $2.2 trillion Moving Forward Act infrastructure package. It contains substantial spending increases across all transportation sectors, including more than $61 billion for core highway programs — a 42 percent increase from the current law. See more details.

The Senate has yet to release any of its FY 2021 spending bills, setting up a busy September for the chamber. The federal government is funded through Sept. 3.