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March 22nd, 2012

House to introduce three-month highway bill extension

By Keith Laing

The House of Representatives will vote on a three-month extension of highway funding that will extend transportation programs in the United States until June 30. 

The announcement comes after House leaders shunned the idea of holding a vote on a two-year, $109 billion plan that was approved in a bipartisan vote by the Senate last week. It represents a clear defeat for Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) goal of passing a multi-year bill early in this election year. 

But House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) said a three-month extension would “ensure continuity of current programs while … House Republicans continue to work toward a responsible transportation bill that provides long-term certainty, reduces the size of government, eliminates earmarks, and is fully paid for.” 

Mica made clear the House has no plans to take up the Senate version. 

”We continue to believe that linking energy and infrastructure is the responsible thing to do in order to meet our long-term needs,” he said in a statement.

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