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House Passes Long-Term Highway Bill

By JM Rieger and Kellie Mejdrich

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The House passed a more than $325 billion, six-year surface transportation reauthorization package and agreed to a bicameral conference on the legislation during a final round of votes Thursday that wrapped up a dizzying three days of floor debate. The House voted 363-64 to adopt a package of House amendments to the Senate’s six-year authorization passed at the end of July. That action effectively amounted to the House making its version of the bill an amendment to the Senate’s version, thus putting the two measures on the same legislative vehicle. Lawmakers also voted 371-54 to go to conference with the Senate.

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