President Bush signed a controversial transportation appropriations
bill into law on Thursday, Dec. 1.
The bill provides $65.9 billion in transportation funding for the
current fiscal year that began on Oct. 1, according to Bloomberg news.
Portions of the appropriations bill stirred controversy earlier this
year, particularly $452.5 million that had been set aside in the Highway Bill,
signed in August, for the construction of two bridges in
$223 million would have gone to the infamous “bridge to nowhere” that
would connect the mainland to an island that is home to 50 people, an airport,
and a ferry service.
The earmarks for those bridges were removed from the final version of
the appropriations bill, though the money itself will still go to
decide how to spend the money and could use it for the bridges.