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US highway and transit programme extended again

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With the most recent highway and transit programme extension set to expire, the US House of Representatives voted on 16 November to extend the current transportation programme authority until 4 December, with the US Senate likely to quickly follow the House’s lead.

“The conference committee needs the time necessary to meet in public, complete negotiations, and produce a final measure that helps improve America’s infrastructure,” House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., said in a written statement. “This clean extension provides time for that process to occur and for the House and Senate to vote on the final legislation, without shutting down transportation programs and projects in the meantime.”

This short-term extension will buy the conference committee time to agree on the length of the proposed policy provisions and corresponding funding levels for a multi-year bill. The committee must also reconcile the differences between the House and Senate surface transportation reauthorisation bills.

Adapted from press release by   Source: NSSGA

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