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.
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.