Congress Passes Temporary Funding Measure for FY 2013
Congress has adjourned for the fall election season. Before leaving DC, though, Congress approved the 6-month continuing resolution for the first half of FY2013. The bill sets funding at FY2012 levels, so it does not incorporate the slightly higher funding levels authorized in the recently passed transportation bill, MAP21. Several advocacy groups, along with transportation-minded Members of Congress, had pushed to get the funding increased to MAP21 levels, but were not successful. It is possible that Congress could include the additional funds when they return following the elections to address several fiscal issues in the lame duck session. If successful, the second half of FY2013 would include the extra funding.