Senate Committee to consider transportation reauthorization

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is planning to mark up a 2 year reauthorization of the highway and transit bill despite the $12 billion gap between the $109 billion cost of the bill and the money the Highway Trust Fund is projected to take in through existing fuel taxes. Generally, highway and transit bills have a longer authorization period and in the past were bipartisan bills. The lack of agreement on how to fund the bill has held up consideration of more comprehensive bills. The Senate Finance Committee must still find a funding mechanism for the bill to advance.

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