Senate defeats transportation proposals

On Thursday, the Senate voted down two different transportation and infrastructure proposals. The Democratic plan (S. 1769) would have developed a new national infrastructure bank and provided additional funding for transportation projects. It was defeated 51-49. The alternative bill (S. 1786) was a two year extension of the highway and transit programs and it would repeal a number of environmental protection regulations and funding for pedestrian and bike pathways among other proposals. The vote on S. 1769 was part of Majority Leader Reid’s plan to bring individual pieces of President Obama’s jobs proposals to the floor for consideration.

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