Congress passes 2-month highway, transit aid extension
By JOAN LOWY
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress has cleared a bill to keep highway and transit aid flowing to states for another two months and prevent shutdown of summer construction projects under a bill.
The Senate on Saturday approved the bill by a voice vote and sent it to President Barack Obama. It's the 12th such temporary patch in more than six years, and a reflection of lawmakers' continuing lack of consensus on how to solve the nation's infrastructure financing woes.
While Obama is expected to sign the measure, the White House urged lawmakers to use the two months "to make meaningful and demonstrable progress" toward a long-term bill in 2015."
The current authorization to spend money from the federal Highway Trust Fund, which finances most aid to states, expires May 31.