Congress clears short-term highway bill, extends funding through Nov. 20

truck-highway-500x318 (1)The Senate by voice vote Oct. 29 passed a bill that extends highway funding for just 22 days, until Nov. 20, moving the legislation from Congress to the White House for the president’s signature.

This is the third short-term patch in the calendar year and the 35th in the last decade, and it came just a day before the expiration, Oct. 29, of the current patch.

The short-term measure is intended to give lawmakers additional time to pass a long-term highway funding bill. The House currently has the policy portion of a long-term bill ready to be taken up by the full chamber, as it cleared the committee phase last week. The House bill still needs a funding mechanism, however, which may have to be taken up by the House’s Ways and Means Committee.

The Senate, meanwhile, passed a similar bill in July, which includes both the policy portion and three years of dedicated funding.

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