House won’t take up Senate’s long-term highway bill

By |  July 27, 2015

U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said today that the House will not vote on a Senate bill that funds highway construction for six years and revives the now-expired Export-Import Bank, according to The Hill.

“We’re not taking up the Senate bill,” he said.

The Hill reports that McCarthy is urging the Senate to take up a short-term House-passed bill extending federal highway funding for five months, which he said is the best option for Congress before money for highways and bridges runs out on Friday.

The House plans to leave for its August recess on Thursday.

McCarthy did not rule out, The Hill says, the possibility that Congress could pass an even shorter-term highway bill, perhaps one that provides just two months of transportation funding.

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