Transportation Priorities Have Been Affected by the Health Care Debate

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House has been poised for months to introduce a six-year, $500 billion bill to cover highway and public transit construction, repair and safety. It has been thwarted by the Senate and the White House, reluctant to take up another massive spending bill that may require a tax increase of its own at a time when people are talking about $1 trillion in spending for health care.

However, on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 the House of Representatives is expected to extend existing surface and air transportation programs through the end of the year.