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Senate Appropriations Committee approves spending bill

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The Senate appropriations Committee has approved a US$77.9 billion fiscal 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Affairs spending bill on 21 April by a vote of 30-0. This is a particularly significant bill for the aggregates industry because it provides the funding for the FAST Act.

The bill provides full funding of the Highway Trust Fund programme and over US$43 billion for the Federal-Aid Highways programme in FY17 – these are exactly the amounts authorised in the FAST Act. The committee rejected a White House proposal to add US$17.9 billion to the US Department of Transportation budget from a new fee on crude oil. The bill increases funding for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants fro US$500 to US$525 million. It maintains level funding for the Airport improvement Programme at US$3.35 billion due to inaction on the FAA Reauthorisation bill that increased programme funding. Additionally, the bill allows commercial truck drivers to reset their work weeks by taking an extended 34-hour off-duty period, though they are still limited to 73 hours of work in seven days.

It is still uncertain when the full Senate will consider the bill.

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