Federal Highway Programs Receive Temporary Money

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U.S. federal highways will likely continue to function thanks to a temporary highway financing bill passed by Congress on Saturday.

The 30-day funding act will keep federal surface transportation workers on the government’s payroll and prevent closures and time off at the Department of Transportation.

It was approved by the Senate by unanimous consent after passage by the House, 365-51, Friday night. The cash flow was scheduled to expire on October 31.

This shifts targets from President Joe Biden’s spending priorities, including the proposed $ 550 billion Biparty Infrastructure Framework (BIF) that would provide long-term road funding, at the end of the month.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Had previously hoped to pass the BIF by Monday, but it is stuck with Democrats arguing over its price and whether or not it should be linked to a massive social spending proposal, which could cost up to $ 3.5 trillion, against which Republican leaders oppose.

Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-New York, said on MSNBC on Saturday that October 31 was indeed the new target for both proposals.

“Deadlines create responsibility,” he said. “We will aim to pass both bills by October 31. We have a historic opportunity.”

Pelosi said the infrastructure bill, at least, needs to be approved by Congress by then.

“There is a surface transport clearance deadline of October 31, after a critical 30-day extension passed last night,” Pelosi wrote to colleagues on Saturday. “We have to pass the BIF well before that date – the sooner the better, to get the jobs. “

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