House Nears Vote on Highway Bill

Measure would extend programs through June 30.

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote today on a bill to extend highway programs through June 30 that if passed would avert a shutdown of construction projects and the furlough of 3,500 federal government workers.

The House Rules Committee approved a resolution yesterday calling for today’s vote in the Republican-led chamber. The panel blocked a push by Democrats for a separate vote on a two-year, $109 billion highway-spending plan passed by the Senate.

Deposit Money

While 4.3 cents of the U.S. gasoline tax would continue to be authorized, the Transportation Department wouldn’t be allowed to deposit the money into the trust fund, so none of the money would be available to fund projects, according to the department.

‘Highly Partisan’

House Speaker John Boehner tried to pass a “highly partisan” five-year bill and failed, said Schumer, a New York Democrat, urging passage of the Senate’s measure.

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