House agrees to two-month highway bill extension

| Thursday, April 29, 2004

According to Congressional Quarterly, the U.S. House of Representatives April 28 unanimously passed a 60-day extension of transportation programs despite earlier reports from other news outlets that House Leader Dennis Hastert, R-IL, and Senate leader Tom Daschle, D-SD, opposed further delay.

The action came as House and Senate GOP leaders are about to negotiate with the White House on funding levels for a six-year reauthorization bill. The extension (HR 4219) passed 410-0. The Senate is expected to clear it before departing tomorrow, CQ said.

The new extension of highway programs is the third enacted since the TEA-21 law was due to expire last Sept. 30. The effort to enact a new six-year law has stalled over President Bush's threat to veto both the $318 billion Senate version and the $284 billion House bill. Bush set a $256 billion spending target.