House of Representatives Extends Highway Funding Through Dec. 3 Amid Delayed Infrastructure Vote

On Thursday, the House approved another short-term extension of the highway and transit construction programs that will expire on Sunday to avoid thousands of work licenses and stalled projects.

Similarly, lawmakers approved a short-term patch a month ago when House Democrats failed to pass the Senate-approved bipartisan infrastructure bill that would renew highway programs for five years.

With House Democrats still divided on the strategy to pass both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and a social spending package, lawmakers rejected the largest infrastructure bill and instead passed the latest extension. until December 3 in a bipartisan way in a vote of 358 to 59.

Before suspending the session on Thursday, the Senate agreed that a highway financing extension would be considered approved by unanimous consent.

Chairman of the Infrastructure and Transportation Committee of the House of Representatives Peter defazioPeter Anthony DeFazio ‘Design and Build’ Contracts Key to Infrastructure Success EPA Closes in on Unveiling Plan to Address ‘Chemicals Forever’ Congress Sends 30-Day Highway Funding Patch to Biden After that infrastructure stagnates MORE (D-Ore.) He said the latest extension “will help provide additional time to work on the final resolution of a long-term ground transportation bill.”

December 3 is also when funding for the rest of the federal government and an extension of the debt limit expire.

DeFazio joked that it will be “a momentous day around here.”

Nearly 4,000 Department of Transportation workers would risk permits if the highway’s funding expires. State and local transportation officials also warned last month that a prolonged lapse would result in delays in highway and transit projects.

House Democratic leaders had wanted to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill on Thursday to give President BidenJoe BidenBiden to Meet House Democrats Ahead of Europe Trip: Report 21 House Democrats Call for Removal of IRS Bank Reporting Proposal from Spending Bill Overnight Health Care – Presented by Altria – Vulnerable Democrats Push Drug Pricing Plan MORE a legislative victory before leaving for a meeting of the Group of 20 and an international climate summit in Europe.

They also wanted to push gubernatorial candidates in Virginia and New Jersey ahead of elections in those states on Tuesday.

But progressives argued they needed legislative text, not just the framework unveiled by the White House early Thursday, for the social spending package to feel comfortable backing the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

“The stakes are high for working families and our communities to settle for something that can then be misinterpreted, amended or completely abandoned. That is why dozens of our members insist on keeping both bills linked and cannot vote for just one until they can be voted on together, “said Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila Jayapal Patience wears out as Democrats miss deadlines. Pelosi sets Rules meeting on Biden’s agenda; no infrastructure vote in sight 535 ‘presidents’ with veto power: why budget deal remains elusive MORE (D-Wash.), The leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said in a statement.

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