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Sunday, October 17, 2021

US Senate approves 0-day extension of federal highway funding after House passage

The U.S. Senate on Saturday approved a 0-day extension of funding for the federal highway program.

A day after the House of Representatives passed the extension excessively, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) Brought it to the floor seeking unanimous consent.

The move allows a bill to pass without a recorded vote but enables a single senator to block it through an objection.

No senator objected.

The bill, introduced by Representative Peter Defagio (D-Ore.), Aims to resume funding for the Federal Highway Program, including the Highway Trust Fund. The fund ran out on Friday. The new funding was part of a Senate-passed infrastructure bill, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Has delayed voting on the bill more than once in her caucus.

The Highway Extension Bill is now going to President Joe Biden’s desk.

Biden went to Delaware on Saturday. It is not clear when he will sign the law. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Democrats took more than 3,700 Department of Transportation employees on vacation after delays in passing the infrastructure bill.

Jim Tymon, executive director of the American Association of State Highways and Transportation, said the group praised Congress for extending the temporary term but called for the infrastructure bill to be passed.

“This special extension does not include any new funding for state transportation departments until October 15. They continue to move people and goods through our communities without the support of their federal partners for the week.” .


Zachary Stiber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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