The following is a link to an article in the non-partisan newspaper "The Hill," on the Highway Bill. As you may recall, the
Highway Bill is the vehicle for passage of the important Sport Fish
Restoration and Boating Trust Fund.
the past, the Highway Bill has been a non-partisan bill. It has been
Congress to create construction jobs. A Senate version of this bill has
passed with 74
"yes" votes, making it non-partisan. Over in The House, where the
version of this bill also includes an unfreezing of the important Harbor
Maintenance Trust Fund needed for dredging projects, Members refuse to
the Senate Bill and now are promising to pass a short-term extension
week. Frankly, this action is what we expected.
leadership in the Senate now refuses to take up a short-term extension
of the bill. The current funding is set to expire at the end of this
week, on March 31, so we are now caught up in
Presidential year politics. Passage is also hurt by Members
remembering that funds for the famous "Bridge to Nowhere" were contained
previous Highway Bill of a prior election year.