NEW YORK Discussions are
underway on Capitol Hill in an attempt to extend last-minute
infrastructure spending authority ahead of a March 31
The House of Representatives had
planned to vote on a 90-day extension Monday evening, but
Republicans postponed it at the last minute, citing the need
for more negotiations.
Lawmakers have stressed the need
for stable long-term transportation project funding rather than
another short-term extension, but a five-year, $260-billion
transportation bill has gained little traction since it was
introduced in the House.
A two-year, $109-billion bill passed by the Senate earlier
this month (AMM, March 15) was rejected by the House