(USA Today) WASHINGTON — Republicans plan to have the House vote Tuesday on a bill that would extend funding for the federal highway system until the middle of next year.
But Democrats say the bill simply delays a long-term solution for another year, while keeping federal funding levels flat, rather than addressing the nation’s aging infrastructure needs through a long-term re-authorization bill.
The debate comes just weeks before federal transportation programs are scheduled to run out of money.
“This week, the House will pass a short-term highway fix,” said Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “If the president has a plan for a longer-term bill, the Democrat-controlled Senate ought to act on it, but until that happens, his speeches on this topic are nothing but background noise.”