U.S. Senate Passes Long-Term Highway Bill
U.S. Senate passes a long-term (six year) highway bill (H.R. 22) this week. The margin for final passage of the long-term bill was 65-34. Included in the Senate passed long-term highway bill is 1) a weight allowance for HD NGV trucks, 2) expanded use of CMAQ funds at our nation’s ports, 3) HOV use for NGVs and, 4) the development of natural gas vehicle corridors. As the House has yet to pass a long-term highway bill, “it will give us enough time for our committee to do our work, get something on the board and go to conference,” said Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), who is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.