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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Transportation Bill - Nearing Eighth Short-term Deadline - March 31st

The transportation bill fell short by just eight votes yesterday in the Senate House.  The Highway Trust Fund that provides funding for transportation programs is due to expire on March 31, 2012.  The last long term transportation plan passed by Congress expired in 2009 and lawmakers have kept the programs going through a series of eight short-term expansions.  The leaders in both the House and the Senate are continuing to negotiate on a list of acceptable agreements.

The bill could be passed in five days after getting an agreement, but leaders must put the package together and it is reported that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., are responsible for coming up with the amendments.  Hopefully, the lawmakers can come up with a solution to the bill that the majority can agree with.

 See the latest full stories regarding the transportation bill at the following links:

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