The House handed a 30-day extension to fund the Highway Trust Fund after Democrats didn’t strike a deal on a sweeping, bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal on Friday.
Its passage comes shortly after the Highway Trust Fund’s funding lapsed at midnight on Thursday. Its fast-tracked passage was blocked within the higher chamber, which is predicted to carry a Saturday session to go the measure.
The lapse in funding led to the furlough of “approximately 3,700” Department of Transportation employees, the company mentioned in a press release on Friday.
Congress is barely licensed to increase transportation funding for a most of 30 days with out passing extra funding for the DOT.
The extension of funding is slated to offer lawmakers with extra time to barter the parameters surrounding a sweeping social spending invoice after progressives blocked the infrastructure measure from coming to the ground, withholding their assist till the bigger package deal is handed.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) praised the stopgap’s passage, telling lawmakers that there are “more updates to come” on the 2 items of laws aimed toward tackling among the Biden administration’s largest priorities
“While great progress has been made in the negotiations to develop a House, Senate and White House agreement on the Build Back Better Act, more time is needed to complete the task. Our priority to create jobs in the health care, family and climate agendas is a shared value. Our Chairs are still working for clarity and consensus. Clearly, the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill will pass once we have agreement on the reconciliation bill,” she mentioned in a “Dear Colleague” letter on Friday night.
“Tonight, we will pass a critical 30-day extension of the surface transportation authorization. More updates to come.”
House Democratic management’s choice to tug the bipartisan invoice sparked fury from moderates, who argued that the funding within the nation’s bodily infrastructure is a urgent matter.
“While we applaud the Speaker’s recent efforts to get BIF across the finish line, we are deeply disappointed BIF is not coming to the floor tonight and is further delayed. This will harm future negotiations and further complicate enactment of President Biden’s agenda. We upheld our end of this agreement by voting to advance reconciliation and expect Leadership to move forward with a vote on this historic bipartisan achievement as soon as possible,” Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition, mentioned in a press release.
“We view this as counterproductive to our caucus’s negotiations and ultimately harmful to our ability to find common ground. It also unfairly punishes millions of Americans who want clean water, broadband internet, repaired roads and bridges, and strong climate provisions as soon as possible.”