Highway Trust Fund

House Passes Long-Term Highway Bill

The House passed a more than $325 billion, six-year surface transportation reauthorization package and agreed to a bicameral conference on the legislation during a final round of votes Thursday that wrapped up a dizzying three days of floor debate.

The House voted 363-64 to adopt a package of House amendments to the Senate’s six-year authorization passed at the end of July. That action effectively amounted to the House making its version of the bill an amendment to the Senate's version, thus putting the two measures on the same legislative vehicle.

Senate to Accept 3-Month Highway Bill
 

The Senate will accept a House bill to provide a three-month extension of highway programs, as well as preventing a veterans funding shortfall.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday the Senate will take up the highway extension from the House that will run to Oct. 29. He also said the House will pass a long-term bill that will ultimately go to conference with the Senate's long-term bill.

Cruz Accuses McConnell of Lying on Export-Import Bank
"That has consequences..."  

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accused his own majority leader of effectively lying to fellow senators about his intentions Friday, in a floor speech that could have serious repercussions.

“The majority leader looked me in the eye, and looked 54 Republicans in the eye. I cannot believe he would tell a flat-out lie. And I voted based on those assurances that he made to each and every single one of us,” the GOP presidential candidate said. “What we just saw today was an absolute demonstration that not only what he told every Republican senator, but what he told the press over and over and over and over again was a simple lie.”

Pelosi Urges Senate to Pass Short-Term Highway Bill
 

With the Senate still working through a six-year highway bill, and with just four scheduled legislative days before the Highway Trust Fund runs dry — and the August recess begins — House leaders, Republican and Democrat, are sending a unified message to the Senate: Take our highway bill. Please.

Speaker John A. Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi both separately used their individual news conferences to urge the Senate to put its six-year bill on the back burner and take up the five-month House-passed highway patch instead.