Today, the Ways and Means Committee passed by voice vote a bill that would provide nearly $11 billion for highway funding – allowing projects to move forward through May 31, 2015. The Senate Finance Committee also passed legislation today that would sustain the Highway Trust Fund through the calendar year while they negotiate a long term plan. The House is expected to vote on the bill next week.
Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp said, “This bipartisan legislation ensures stable funding for the Highway Trust Fund, and the Senate proposal matches our amount of funding. Given that the Senate has repeatedly backed these policies before, I urge my Senate colleagues to quickly take up this bill after it passes the House next week and avoid any brinksmanship. There is no need to jeopardize critical road and transit projects, let alone the thousands of jobs they provide. The House and Senate can easily pass this legislation.”