One More Highway Extension Likely
It now appears that the Congress will not finish work on the highway, transit, and highway safety programs reauthorization bill by Tuesday, July 19, when the current extension of these programs expires.
Another extension (the ninth one since Sept. 2003) will be necessary to allow for completion of the Conference before the Congress adjourns for the summer recess on July 28. During a “wrap-up” on the House floor yesterday, House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-Texas) said “certainly it will be ready in the next two weeks.”
Motor carrier safety policy and funding issues are still being decided and we won’t know the outcome until the Conference is completed.