Senate to discuss transportation bill this week
The bill to fund transportation along with housing and urban development will be the first appropriations bill for the next fiscal year that the Senate will discuss, accordingly to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev). With the House scheduled to be in session only 17 more days this year, the Senate is expected to take up the bill this week.
Congress will need to reconcile the Senate version, which allocates $54 billion and the House version, allocating $44 billion. Last years bill had $51 billion. Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who also chairs the subcommittee covering transportation and HUD, said that bill was chosen because it highlights the effect of sequestration on infrastructure and economic growth across the country, according to The Hill.Download Bulletin PDF