Congress approved on Thursday a temporary extension of the existing surface transportation law, which was set to expire on Saturday. The law in question affects construction projects around the country and authorizes the federal gas tax that pays for them.
House Republicans have struggled to get the votes necessary for a long-term reauthorization or even a short-term extension, with the House finally passing a three-month measure by 266 to 158 on Thursday. The Senate passed their version a short time later. House Democrats prefer to consider a Senate-approved version of the bill, which would extend transportation programs for two years at a cost of $109 billion.