Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

The House could accept or reject the Senate's change.

Courtesy MGNonline
Courtesy MGNonline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has changed the funding and timing of a House bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states through the November election.

The amended bill passed the Senate on Tuesday evening. The House could accept or reject the Senate’s change. Whatever the outcome, the bill is still expected to clear Congress before lawmakers adjourn for the summer later this week.

Senators opposed a provision in the $10.8 billion House bill to cover half its cost by letting companies defer required contributions to their employee pension plans. The Senate cut the bill to $8.1 billion in addition to changing its funding. That’s enough to keep federal highway funds flowing at current levels until the week before Christmas.

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