Thank you to the Senators that supported a long term transportation bill!

AASHTO Journal
July 31, 2015

Congress voted for yet another short-term patch to the Highway Trust Fund with a three-month extension past its scheduled July 31 expiration.

But the Senate also passed a multi-year authorization of highway, transit and rail programs, while House leaders said they would move their own long-term bill in coming months and then negotiate a final one with senators.

supporters_of_long_term_transportation_billSo although Congress in its latest action only authorized the trust fund through Oct. 29 – for the third short extension in the past year – the outlook greatly improved for lawmakers to enact a major long-term surface transportation bill in 2015.

At the same time, lawmakers set up another near-term expiration that can still weigh on project planning for some states, and made October a high-stakes deadline month. Read on…