Congress Argues Over Highway Funding Patch

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich. on Capitol Hill in Washington. ( J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich. on Capitol Hill in Washington. ( J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich. on Capitol Hill in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

 

(USA Today) WASHINGTON — Republicans plan to have the House vote Tuesday on a bill that would extend funding for the federal highway system until the middle of next year.

But Democrats say the bill simply delays a long-term solution for another year, while keeping federal funding levels flat, rather than addressing the nation’s aging infrastructure needs through a long-term re-authorization bill.

The debate comes just weeks before federal transportation programs are scheduled to run out of money.

“This week, the House will pass a short-term highway fix,” said Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “If the president has a plan for a longer-term bill, the Democrat-controlled Senate ought to act on it, but until that happens, his speeches on this topic are nothing but background noise.”

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