U.S. House Passes Short Term Measure to Fund Transportation, Senate Passage Anticipated

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed another short-term measure to fund the Highway Trust Fund. The measure, which extends the current May 31, 2015 funding deadline to July 31, 2015, will keep the trust fund viable until Congress returns from the Memorial Day holiday and focuses on a long-term funding plan.

As reported by Better Roads,

The bill, introduced by Congressmen Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman, and Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), House Ways and Means Committee chairman, extends funding for the Highway Trust Fund until July 31 through a series of “reconciliation of funds” measures amending the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014.

The bill now goes on to the Senate. Expectations are for passage prior to both chambers leaving May 21 for the Memorial Day holiday.

As previously posted on Conduit Street, congressional transportation authorization expired in 2009.  Since that time, Congress has passed a number of short-term measures to continue funding the trust fund.

Better Roads also provides a summary of the legislation, the Highway Transportation Funding Act of 2015.