House Advances AFS Supported Highway/Transit Bill - Conference Committee Convenes
November 18, 2015
The first week of November, the House voted 363-64 to pass a six-year, $325 billion highway spending bill. While the measure still needs to be reconciled with the Senate version, both versions of the legislation would authorize highway and transit programs for six years, and both contain Senate-developed revenue provisions that are estimated to support those programs for at least three years. In addition, both bills contain a five-year extension of the Export-Import Bank charter. An amendment ending the decades-old ban on crude oil exports failed to get approved for a vote on the House highway bill.
Congress has until Nov. 20, when the Highway Trust Fund expires, to send a final measure to the president’s desk for his signature, but that may be pushed to Nov. 30, according to House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.). Lawmakers have convened a conference committee to iron out the differences between the two measures. This marks the first time in ten years that Congress will be authorizing a long-term transportation and infrastructure program.