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Repeal of $7.6B Highway Funding Cut Clears Big Hurdle

Repeal of $7.6B Highway Funding Cut Clears Big Hurdle

Engineering News-Record
November 20, 2019
Tom Ichniowski

State departments of transportation and construction industry groups are moving close to a major win on Capitol Hill, with House passage of legislation that would cancel a threatened $7.6-billion cut in federal highway funds.

The highway provision is attached to a stopgap continuing resolution, or CR, that would keep federal agencies operating through Dec. 20. The House approved the measure on Nov. 19 by a 231-192 vote.

A Senate floor vote is the next step for the legislation. The measure was scheduled to come to that chamber's floor on Nov. 21. An earlier CR is due to lapse at the end of that day. President Trump's signature on the new stopgap also would be required.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and other pro-infrastructure groups have been pushing for months for Congress to abolish the highway funding cut. AASHTO had tried without success to attach anti-rescission language to various other bills, such as the budget agreement enacted earlier this year... FULL ARTICLE

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