The House has voted to extend federal transportation funding through Nov. 20 under a three-week stopgap measure that aims to prevent interruptions in highway infrastructure projects, The Hill reported Tuesday.
Keith Laing writes that lawmakers passed the measure via voice vote to give enough time for negotiations on a six-year, $325 billion bill from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee after H.R. 3819 expires Oct. 29.
The Senate also plans to approve the temporary continuation of the federal transportation budget later this week before they hold a conference with the lower chamber on the long-term measure, the report said.
“Unlike in years past, I expect a very short conference period… because there’s very little difference between the House bill and the Senate bill,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Laing reports that the House has passed transportation funding bills for only up to two years since 2005, while the Senate has recently approved a bill that provides guaranteed highway funds for three years.
The White House has indicated it will sign the stopgap measure, the report said.