VOL. 127 | NO. 63 | Friday, March 30, 2012
Congress Passes Bill to Keep Highway Aid Flowing
JOAN LOWY | Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress has passed a stopgap three-month bill to keep federal highway and transit aid flowing and avoid a widespread shutdown of construction projects.
The House acted first, passing the extension on a mostly party-line vote after Republicans rejected Democratic entreaties to take a comprehensive overhaul of transportation programs.
The Senate approved the House's extension by a voice vote a few hours later despite objections from some Democrats.
President Barack Obama's signature is required by Saturday, when the government's authority to spend money on transportation programs expires.
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