Congress Approves Short-Term Extension of Highway Programs

On Wednesday, the House passed a 22-day extension of highway program authority. The Senate followed suit, passing the extension Thursday afternoon. Authority was scheduled to run out later today, October 29, 2015. The extension, which runs through November 20, 2015, gives Congressional leaders a few more weeks to negotiate a highway bill. The House is planning to begin floor consideration of their version of the highway bill next week. House and Senate leaders have indicated that they hope to have the bill completed prior to Thanksgiving.