Sen. Tom Carper — Jaclyn O’Laughlin/ATA
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved a six-year, $265 billion highway reauthorization bill that makes freight a core element within the federal highway program.
After the May 15 vote, the bill will go to other committees — Commerce, Banking and Finance — that will work on the measure’s transit, highway safety and funding portions.
“This is an important step to focus transportation funds in a way that can support economic growth by reducing costs for businesses, helping them grow and better compete,” said Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), who chairs the panel’s transportation and infrastructure subcommittee.
But “a short-term extension only extends the uncertainty,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer, the committee’s chairwoman.