Congress extends highway bill yet again

| 7/1/2005

It’s official. The conference committee on the highway bill passed another 11th-hour extension of the highway bill on June 30, marking the eighth time the bill has been extended since September 2003.

This latest extension gives the conferees until July 19 to come up with a final version of the bill.

Two key issues – how much of the bill’s funding is covered by state equity calculations and the division of earmarked funds for highway projects between the House and the Senate – have yet to be unresolved and have stalled negotiators for days.

Mandatory fuel surcharge legislation, which was introduced as part of the House version of the Highway Bill but not the Senate’s, still remains in play.