2014-07-15T221047Z_1_LYNXMPEA6E12X_RTROPTP_2_USA-FISCAL

U.S. House passes $10.9 billion transportation funding extension

Night falls over U.S. Capitol Dome, as members of Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives deal with budget showdown with Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate, and possible government shutdown in WashingtonThe U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a $10.9 billion extension of U.S. transportation funding through May 2015, a measure aimed at averting cutbacks in August in federal money for road, bridge and transit projects. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that “as soon as I can get to it,” the Senate would begin considering a similar, $10.8 billion measure with some alternate funding provisions in the coming days. Without new money for the Highway Trust Fund, the Department of Transportation has said it will start to cut back federal funding for projects by nearly a third starting on Aug. 1, the same day Congress begins a five-week summer recess. “If Congress fails to act, thousands of transportation projects across the country and hundreds of thousands of construction jobs will be at risk,” said House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, a Pennsylvania Republican.

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