Highway spending bill extension OK’d

Sep 24, 2009 | 11:15 AM | Corinna Petry

A three-month extension of the current highway bill spending plan was passed Wednesday night by more than the required two-thirds majority of the House (335-85), one week before the current $286-billion spending plan expires.

The Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2009 (H.R. 3617), introduced Tuesday by Rep. Jim Oberstar (D., Minn.), provides a three-month extension of funding for nearly all programs paid for out of the Highway Trust Fund, pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs.

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) had sent a letter to the House Steel Caucus on Wednesday urging passage to buy time for a lengthier consideration of a new Surface Transportation bill that would cover spending from 2010-16.....

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