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February 9, 2016

House GOP Scores Short Highway Trust Fund Extension

2/13/03.HIGHWAY--Interstate 95 at the intersection of the Fairfax County Parkway..CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY PHOTO BY SCOTT J. FERRELL

Republicans and Democrats in the House joined forces to avert a shutdown of highway transportation funding. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A short-term extension of highway funding easily passed the House in a 367-55 vote Tuesday, setting up a rare bipartisan cross-Dome deal that will likely avert a shutdown of construction projects around the country.

Neither side heralded the bill as a breakthrough in bipartisanship, but House Republican leaders scored a tactical victory by crafting a package that the White House endorsed, many Democrats voted for and that passed over the objections of conservative outside groups.

Only 10 Democrats and 45 Republicans voted against the patch.

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryand said earlier in the day that Democrats would have a preferred a longer-term deal that shored up the highway trust fund’s solvency for years to come, or an extension that did not last as long. Republicans’ bill extends highway funding through May 2015.

But Hoyer said he and many Democrats accepted the deal because there were no other viable options in the short term.

  • Sally Snyder

    Here is an article that looks how the cuts to government spending have left the United States with a large inventory of structurally deficient bridges:

    Construction spending as a percentage of GDP is at a 20 year low and has resulted in infrastructure that is unsafe.

  • Hadris Ellsberg

    Since we have no way to know what gadgets and gizmos will be most useful in the future, we should recognize that the best way to prepare for the unknown is to maintain the most liberty, and therefore the most flexibility, to adapt.

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